ON THIS DAY “The Chipmunk Song,” featuring the singing skills of Alvin and the Chipmunks, rose to No. 1 in 1958. Three years later came “The Alvin Show”on CBS in primetime, the first animated series to feature Alvin, Simon, Theodore and their manager, David Seville…In 1975, Archie (Carroll O’Connor) and Edith (Jean Stapleton) became grandparents when Gloria (Sally Struthers) gave birth to Joseph Michael Stivic on CBS’ “All in the Family”…Celebrity Birthdays: ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer is 71; Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes (“Schindler’s List”) is 54; Season seven “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks is 27;
Did You Know?
The character of Joey Stivic was featured in 1982-83 spin-off sitcom “Gloria,”headlined by Sally Struthers; and he made one more appearance on “704 Hauser” on April 11, 1994, the final spin-off from “All in the Family.” That comedy featured an African American family named Cumberbatch living in the old Bunker house. John Amos starred.
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Disney/ABC to Produce Original Snapchat Series
Snapchat and the Disney/ABC Television Group are partnering in an original programming pact where ABC’s TV division will produce several original shows for the social service. First up on Snapchat will be an after-show for “The Bachelor” called “Watch Party: The Bachelor” available the morning after its season-opener on Jan. 3. Episodes of “Watch Party: The Bachelor,” 10 in total, are expected to run three to five minutes each and will be available for 24 hours on Snapchat. The series will appear in the Snapchat Discover section, with the season finale to be produced as a Snapchat Live Story.
“We look forward to providing Snapchat’s mobile-centric users with a unique, immersive experience around our shows and brands,” said John Frelinghuysen, EVP digital media, strategy and business development, DATG.
Several other shows based on DATG properties are expected to roll out on Snapchat in the coming months.
BBC One Orders Singing Competition “Pitch Battle”
BBC has picked up a singing competition for 2017 on Saturday evenings tentatively called “Pitch Battle,” which will go in search of the UK’s best singing group. The series will feature all musical styles, including rock, folk, gospel and a cappella. There will be five hour-long episodes during which the groups will compete head-to-head over a series of choral challenges including Riff Offs, inspired by Universal’s hit film franchise “Pitch Perfect.” The sixth episode of “Pitch Battle” will feature the live finale.
NOTES OF INTEREST
A Record 455 Original Scripted Series Aired in 2016
In this era of “Peak TV,” FX Networks Research has complied a report with an estimated 455 original scripted series – a new record – airing across broadcast, cable, and streaming sources in 2016. Comparably, this is eight percent above the 421 original scripted series in 2015, and a significant 71 percent above the 266 recorded just five years ago, in 2011. The study by FX Research begins in 2002 (the year FX’s “The Shield” was launched), with 182 original series. The results by year are as follows:
2009: 210 original series in total
Katie Couric Returns to “Today” as Guest Host
Katie Couric is returning to her old roots, “NBC’s “Today” show, in a one-week stint filling in for Savannah Guthrie, who is out on maternity leave, the week ofJan 2. Couric co-anchored “Today” from 1991 to 2006, exiting in 2006 to anchor the “CBS Evening News.” More recently, she was featured in Disney-ABC daytime talk show “Katie” from 2012 to 2014 and worked for ABC News. At present, Couric is the global news anchor for Yahoo.
“Santa Tracker” Available to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 Subscribers
ZoneTV, which brings digital-first video to pay TV homes, is offering Santa Tracker to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 subscribers through the Christmas Holiday Season. Santa Tracker is a free web-based interactive experience accessed through the Xfinity On Demand menu on the X1 platform or by speaking “Santa Tracker” into the X1 voice remote. Programming includes holiday movies, sing-a-longs, daily challenges, naughty or nice, Rudolph Radio, seasonally appropriate read-along stories and multiple games, and is available in English and Spanish. The programming culminates with a global map tracking Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve.
The 22nd annual “The Twilight Zone” marathon will air on Syfy beginning at6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 31 through Monday, Jan. 2 at 4 a.m. ET. A total of 128 episodes will be featured. For the first time, Syfy will let fans choose which episodes will air during primetime on Sunday, January 1. Viewers can cast their votes that evening for one of two competing episodes by tweeting the specific hashtags to the official Syfy handle – @Syfy.
TV One’s crime and justice-themed series, “Fatal Attraction” and “For My Man” will return with original episodes on Monday, Jan. 2. “Fatal Attraction” opens season six with back-to-back episodes from 8-10 p.m. ET, followed by “For My Man’s” third season premiere at 10 p.m. ET. “Fatal Attraction” delves into real-life stories of criminal acts committed under the guise of love and the tragic consequences that turn deadly. And “For My Man” features the stories of the lengths some women will go to keep the love of their man.
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld will return with its ninth edition on Crackle on Thursday, Jan. 5. Guests set to appear this season include Bob Einstein (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Cedric the Entertainer (“Why Him,” “Barbershop”), Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”), Kristen Wiig (“Bridemaids”), Lewis Black (“The Daily Show”) and Norm Macdonald (“Saturday Night Live”). Sponsored by Acura, the series is executive produced by Jerry Seinfeld and Embassy Row. Seasons one through eight are currently streaming on Crackle.
Tour documentary “The Rolling Stones Ole! Ole! Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America” will launch on Starz on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. ET. Then on Starz on Sunday, Jan. 22 is “Havana Moon” at 9 p.m. ET. Both documentaries will also be available for download and streaming via the Starz app beginning January 15, 2017.
“The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America” documentary is an intimate insight into the world of the Rolling Stones while following their tour in early 2016 through 10 Latin American cities, combining live performances from across the tour as well as their historic tour finale in Havana, Cuba. The documentary gives an inside look at the interworking of the creation of the historic Cuba show, through interviews with the tour promoter, management, production and logistics managers, and the band members themselves.
“Havana Moon” features the full Havana concert, which marked the end of their tour and the first time a foreign rock band has ever played Cuba. Fans will see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood doing performances of classic hits including “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Wild Horses,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Paint It Black” and “Miss You.”
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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The New York Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles on the NFL. “Project Runway” concludes for the season, leading into the season premiere “Project Runway Junior.” “Falling Water” concludes for the season on USA. For the schedule listings for Thursday, Dec. 22, click here
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Which former member of the “Our Gang” comedy shorts had a small role in 1946 theatrical classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”?
a) Darla Hood
b) Eugene “Porky” Lee
c) George “Spanky” McFarland
d) Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer
e) Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which one of the following characters did not appear in animated classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?
c) Peppermint Patty
e) They all did
…Is: c) Peppermint Patty, who did not show up in the “Peanuts” comic strip until August 22, 1966. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” debuted on Dec. 9, 1965.
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