17/05/22: “Eva the Owlet” arrives. Apple TV +

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Bravo’s “Top Chef” secured a leading five nominations in the fourth annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards. Netflix scored the most nominations for any platform, with twelve. Camila Cabello is taking Kelly Clarkson’s coaching seat for season 22 of NBC’s “The Voice.” The “Senorita” singer, who served as an advisor during season 21, joins Blake Shelton, John Legend and Gwen Stefani. HGTV has commissioned new series “Steal This House,” “Rehab Addict Lake House Rescue,” “Flip to a Million” and “First Home Fix,” while Food Network has placed orders for “BBQ USA”, “It’s CompliPlated” and “Guy’s Ultimate Game Night.” All told, the Warner Bros. Discovery sibs will have more than 70 new series across their 2022 schedules.

According to Nielsen, Netflix had the most total minutes seen this season. Netflix attracted 1.33 trillion total minutes from September 20, 2021 to May 8, 2022, according to the measuring company’s Total Day minutes. CBS outperformed its network rivals with 752.8 billion minutes, followed by NBC (596.7 billion), ABC (471.9 billion), and Fox (471.9 billion) (323.1 billion). “I Am Shauna Rae,” “David & Annie: After the 90 Days,” and “Loren & Alexei: After the 90 Days” have all been renewed by TLC. So far this year, all three reality programmes have averaged above 1.0 P2+ and are among the top five rookie series among W18-34.

Highlights

  • CNN Films and HBO Max have ordered a documentary film about musician Little Richard. “Little Richard: I Am Everything” (wt) is being produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment in association with Rolling Stone. Crackle has renewed “Going From Broke” for season three. “It can be daunting for Millennials and now Gen Z to navigate their path toward financial well-being without easy access to trusted resources,” said Philippe Guelton, President of Crackle Plus. “With Americans holding over $800 billion in credit card debt, our team plans to continue our mission to bridge the gap for our audience.”

  • “We are the established leaders in the home and food genres, and our top priority remains developing, producing and promoting new series that fill our bench with even more talented experts with star power,” said Jane Latman, President, Home & Food Content and Streaming. “You also will see us generating fresh ideas that keep our existing fan-favorite series top of mind with this passionate audience.” Apple TV+ handed a series order to “Eva the Owlet,” an animated kids and family series based on the book series Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott. Produced by Scholastic Entertainment and animated by Brown Bag Films, “Eva the Owlet” also features original songs by Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums

ABC News Studios announced a new Hulu Original docuseries that investigates the murder of three young girls in 1977 during their first night at a Girl Scout sleepaway camp. All four episodes of “Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders” begin streaming Tuesday, May 24. Casting notes: Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) will play the mom of Pete Davidson’s character in Peacock’s “Bupkis,” a fictionalized version of Davidson’s life. “Finally, I get to play an overwhelmed mother of two living in a world of corruption,” joked “The Sopranos” star at NBCU’s Upfront presentation yesterday. “Except this time, it’s Staten Island.” Reba McEntire has joined the season three cast of ABC drama “Big Sky” as a series regular…Yasmin Finney (“Heartstopper”) will play a character named Rose on the BBC’s “Doctor Who.”

Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” has started production on its fifth season in Montana. Returning cast includes Kevin Costner, alongside Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham and Gil Birmingham with Jen Landon and Kathryn Kelly upped to series regulars.

YouTube crashed Upfront week for a Brandcast pitch that included results from a Google-commissioned survey: 86% of respondents believed YouTube delivers relevant and intellectual programming, compared with 73% to 79% for other platforms. Respondents were also 4.2 times more likely than the average to agree with the statement that “telling a good story” is more important than programming being “made by an established production company.”

National Geographic got a head start on Disney’s Upfront presentation, with new programming announcements in advance of this afternoon’s event. On the way: “Dance the World with Derek Hough,” exploring the roots of popular dance styles; “Restaurants at the End of the World,” showcasing off-the-grid eateries; a series following travel blogger and influencer Jeff Jenkins; and “Farming Is Life,” following aspiring farmers.

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