ABC Seeding ‘The Growing Season’ Adaptation With Danny Strong & ‘Hung’ Co-Creator Colette Burson

EXCLUSIVE: ABC is planting some heartland drama with Empire co-creator Danny Strong and Hung co-creator Colette Burson.

The Disney-owned network has put The Growing Season is development from the duo, I’ve learned.

The show is based on Sara Frey’s recently published The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life–and Saved an American Farm. Hitting shelves back in August, Frey’s memoir detailed the hardscrabble shift the rule breaking author made from rural poverty to creating a widely successfully family business that has now seen her dubbed “America’s Pumpkin Queen.”

The Anonymous Content-repped Burson will showrunner The Growing Season with Strong as a non-writing executive producer. Frey herself will served a co-EP and Danny Strong Productions chief Mandy Safavi will also serve as an EP on the 20th Television production, that comes with a penalty commitment.

In front of the camera himself in Showtime’s Billions and Disney+’s just launched The

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44% of Americans Plan to Apply for Store Credit Card This Holiday Season; Big Jump From 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A lot more Americans say they’re likely to apply for a store credit card this holiday season than did in either of the previous two years, according to a new report from CompareCards by LendingTree.

That’s despite the fact that more than half (56%) of people who say they’ve had a store credit card say they’ve regretted getting one.

Full report: 

Key findings:

  • Big jump in interest in store cards: 44% of Americans say they’re at least somewhat likely to apply for a store card during the holiday shopping season. That’s up from 32% in 2019 and 24% in 2018.
  • Store card APRs fall: The average APR for a new store credit card is 24.24%, down from 25.41% in 2019, thanks largely to Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.
  • More regrets: More than half (56%) of those who have had a
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New Fear Arises During Covid-19’s Contingency Planning Season In Higher Education

Leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping and, for those currently commuting beyond bed-to-home-office, daylight drive times are lessening as darkness arrives earlier and earlier. It’s fall!

This is traditionally the season chockfull of superficial banter separating those with and without a penchant for all that is pumpkin spice. Remember those days? Those lighthearted days? Seems like a lifetime ago.

Hamilton’s King George sings, “What comes next?” We know it may be hard things. On college campuses what comes next could very well mean quarantines, persistent feelings of isolation and disconnectedness, early closures, overnight shifts to all virtual and, as is always possible during Covid-19, much, much worse. Those are the hardest things.

There are certainly other difficult things for leaders to think about as they are equally important. Also entirely manageable if we work on them together.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods to hire 9,000 holiday season workers, eyeing surge in online orders

By Richa Naidu

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Dick’s Sporting Goods said on Thursday it will hire up to 9,000 workers to cover the key holiday season in its stores, 1,000 more than last year, expecting a jump in online orders for curbside or in-store pickups amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Retailers have struggled this year, with mall traffic declining across the United States as stores in states like California continue to operate under severe restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The number of people visiting Dick’s outlets declined nearly 54% in May, according to data firm While this has since improved, traffic is still about 9% lower than last year, the data shows.

Pennsylvania-based Dick’s expects in-store foot traffic to improve from earlier this year, with demand for products like kayaks, golf clubs and bicycles up as many people turn to non-contact sports. Still, online sales are surging: second-quarter e-commerce

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‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ Season 2 Canceled at Showtime

“On Becoming a God in Central Florida” will not return for a second season at Showtime as originally planned, Variety has confirmed.

The show was originally renewed for Season 2 last September, but Showtime has now reversed that decision in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last year, Showtime renewed ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ but unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we were unable to move forward with production on the new season,” Showtime said in a statement. “The pandemic has continued to challenge schedules across the board, and although we have made every effort to reunite the cast and crew for a second season, that has become untenable. It is with great regret that we are acknowledging ‘On Becoming a God’ will not return. We extend our deepest thanks to star and executive producer Kirsten Dunst, creators Robert Funke and Matt Lusky, showrunner Esta Spalding and their fellow

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Showtime reverses season 2 renewal, cancels Kirsten Dunst’s On Becoming a God in Central Florida

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On Becoming a God in Central Florida is sleeping with the alligators.

After initially renewing the Kirsten Dunst-starring series for season 2, Showtime reversed its decision  and canceled the critically acclaimed dark comedy, EW has confirmed.

The premium subscription network changed course on the Golden Globe-nominated series — about a determined water park employee, Krystal (Dunst), who, in 1992 Orlando, climbs the ladder of a business cult’s pyramid scheme after her husband (Alexander Skarsgard) is eaten by a swamp-dwelling gator — amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which prevented Showtime from moving forward with production on a new season.

Théodore Pellerin (Genesis), Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth), Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto, and Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs) played supporting parts in the series, with the likes of Skarsgard, Julie Benz, Mary Steenburgen, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph appearing in small

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Despite five-week delay to open 2020, Madison took care of business in its district, and season, opener

Madison didn’t have room for error when its season and district opener fell on the same day last week.

Despite the unusual offseason due to COVID-19, Madison coach Marcus Gates didn’t see his players skip a beat in the 35-19 win over Maypearl, which gives Madison a head start in District 7-3A Div. I.

Entering the game with only a scrimmage against city-rival Carter, Gates said it was important to have a team that was able to physically ready and conditioned to go the entire game. Having his team in the best physical shape possible was a big factor in the Trojans’ win over Maypearl.

“I saw a team that was well conditioned and excepted well on special teams,” Gates said. “If we keep that going and replicate that, we should be fine.”

Gates said his players were excited to finally get to play but reminded his team that they

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3 Things Small Businesses Should Do Now to Prepare for the Holiday Season

Many of us have barely settled into pumpkin spice season and the rhythms of a pandemic school year. Thinking about the holidays might seem premature. But not if you’re a small business with an online presence, according to Google. 

In a recent blog post, Kim Spalding, the search giant’s director of product management, small business ads, insisted small businesses need to start seasonal preparations before they start carving pumpkins. and even if it feels like there’s no point planning for much of anything in the middle of the chaos that is 2020. 

In fact, because of all the pandemic related disruption, fully 71 percent of American adults plan to do more than half of their shopping online this year, Spalding points out. And 66 percent plan to shop at more small businesses. That makes it even more important to get your online presence is sorted out well ahead of peak

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