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CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED: The Favourite led the pack with 14 nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 24th Annual Critics Choice Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and noms for all three stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. The Critics Choice Awards are thought to be the most prescient of eventual Oscar winners, sharing 17 of 19 categories in common last year. Black Panther nabbed 12; First Man garnered 10; Mary Poppins Returns, A Star Is Born and Vice earned 9 each.

DISNEY, COMCAST DOMINATE GLOBAL CONTENT SPENDING: Netflix was on track to spend more than anyone in Hollywood on content, but thanks to Comcast’s recent $39 billion acquisition of TV giant Sky and Walt Disney’s recent $71.3 billion buy of much of 21st Century Fox, Comcast and Disney will dominate content spend. The duo will shell out 20% of the cash plonked down for content globally, according to a new study from Ampere. Together, they’ll shell out $43 billion by the end of this year.

DOCTOR WHO TO RETURN IN 2020: Jodie Whittaker and her crew will return after their Season 11 finale Sunday night, but it will not return until 2020. Fans can get a quick fix with a New Year’s Day special in three weeks.

VIACOM BEEFS UP ORIGINALS: Viacom is ramping up its digital originals with three new series from Comedy Central International. The studio is launching Bad Cramps and Laughing at Salad, and scripted series Waiting. Bad Cramps hails from Georgie Fuller and Danni Jackson, stars of Comedy Central’s digital short Bad Snappers. It launched yesterday in Comedy Central UK’s YouTube page, and will launch elsewhere soon. Laughing at Salad, a nine-part sketch series, will launch in January. Waiting will begin development in January.

NETFLIX ORDERS FIRST AFRICAN SERIES: A spy dramedy starring Quantico’s Pearl Thusi will be Netflix’s first African series. Dubbed Queen Sono, the show goes into production next year. Thusi shared the news on Twitter, writing: "It's going to change the game for every artist on this continent. Thank you to Netflix for believing in this idea. I cannot wait for every young woman, every woman on this continent and actually this planet to meet Queen Sono. We have worked so hard on this and I cannot wait."