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ON THIS DAY
The original version of sitcom “The Goldbergs,” starring Gertrude Berg, debuted on CBS in 1949…Crime drama “Baretta,” starring Robert Blake, premiered on ABC in 1975…CBS special,“Michael Jackson…The Legend Continues,” aired in 1992…Celebrity birthdays: Everyone’s favorite, Betty White, is 95; Actor James Earl Jones is 86; Daytime talk show host Maury Povich is 78; Comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey is 60; Actor and comedian Jim Carrey is 55; First Lady Michelle Obama is 53; Former “Lost” star Naveen Andrews is 48; ”New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel is 37.
Did You Know?
Originally conceived as a continuation of “Toma,” which was in search of a new lead actor after Tony Musante exited, “Toma” morphed into “Baretta” and the location shifted from New Jersey to California. “Baretta” aired on ABC through My 18, 1978, producing 82 episodes in total.
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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
TV Land Orders “Heathers” to Series
TV Land has picked up its first ever hour-long series, “Heathers,” with a 10-episode order and a planned launch in fall 2017. Based on the 1988 cult classic film of the same name, “Heathers” is described as a pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, as our heroine Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox, “Under the Dome”) deals with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers. Also starring are James Scully as JD, Melanie Field (“Wicked” National Tour) as Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell (“Funny or Die”) as Heather Duke, and Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara. Original cast member Shannen Doherty will make a guest appearance.
Jason Micallef (“Butter”), who wrote the pilot script, will serve as executive producer and showrunner, and Leslye Headland (“Sleeping with Other People,” “Bachelorette”) directed and was an executive producer on the pilot. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi executive produce for Lakeshore Entertainment. Brad Gardner will executive produce for TV Land.
TBSGreenlights Animated Series “The Cops”
TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the animated series “The Cops” (working title), starring and co-created by Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks. The logline: “The Cops” follows Al (Brooks) and Lou (C.K.), two Los Angeles patrolmen trying their best to protect and serve, sometimes failing at both. Ride with them as they patrol one of the biggest cities in the world, then go home with them and be glad you’re not married to either.
Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks serve as executive producers on the series with Greg Daniels, Dino Stamatopoulos, Dave Becky and Howard Klein. “The Cops” is produced by FX Productions, Louis C.K.’s Pig Newton and Turner’s Studio T, and is slated to premiere in 2018.
As the latest series in TBS’s growing animation pipeline, “The Cops “ joins TBS’s “American Dad!,” now in season 12, and upcoming series “Tarantula,” a dark comedy from Carson Mell about the residents of a seedy hotel, and “Final Space,” an interstellar comedy created by independent filmmaker, actor, comedian and entrepreneur Olan Rogers.
truTV Announces New Scripted Comedy from Amy Sedaris
truTV has greenlit an all-new scripted series, still untitled, from comedian Amy Sedaris (“Strangers with Candy,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”). In the Untitled Amy Sedaris Project, Sedaris will showcase Sedaris’ diverse but necessary homemaking skills, from Frenching beans, to gutting a trout, to crocheting miniature sweaters, to entertaining business-men. Each episode of the series will revolve around a traditional theme, such as: Fish! Wood! or Grieving! and will combine Sedaris’ humor and talents as a crafter, chef, baker and hostess.
truTV has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the Amy Sedaris series.
El Rey Network Orders Unscripted Series “Man at Arms” and “Rite of Passage”
El Rey Network has announced two new unscripted series for this year reflective of the cable net’s push for lifestyle-themed programming: “Man at Arms” and “Rite of Passage.” “Man at Arms,” based on the YouTube series, features a team of expert craftsmen who skillfully reproduce famed weapons and armor from scratch, using both the technology that would have been available at the time such weapons and armor were originally created to create historical, modern and mythological works of martial art. Eight episodes have been ordered. And “Rite of Passage” features Australian producer, reporter and cameraman Tim Noonan as he embarks on a journey of self-destruction as he tries to unlock what it means to be a man. Twelve episodes have been ordered.
History Greenlights Kevin Hart: The Black Man’s Guide to History
History has ordered a two-hour special from Hartbeat Productions and Comedy Dynamics called “Kevin Hart: The Black Man’s Guide to History,” featuring a look at lesser-known, yet important black history stories, filtered through the lens of Kevin Hart. Hart will star and executive produce the two-hour event. The logline: The show begins as Hart finds his daughter upset after watching the film “12 Years A Slave” believing that black history appears to only be about slavery and oppression. This prompts Hart to begin educating her through scripted re-enactments about fascinating historical figures that people may not have heard about before such as: Matthew Henson, the first person to go to the North Pole, but did not receive the credit; Robert Smalls, a former slave who led a revolt on a Confederate warship and pretended to be the captain to evade capture; Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut and Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who courageously mailed himself to a free state in a box.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS TV Land Renews Upcoming Comedy “Nobodies” for Season Two
Two months before its March 29 series premiere, optimistic TV Land has picked up a 12-episode second season of “Nobodies,” starring and executive produced by Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras (“Mike Tyson Mysteries”). The comedy is executive produced by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone with Michael McDonald (“MADtv”) serving as executive producer, director and showrunner. Season two will premiere in 2018.
“Nobodies” stars and is executive produced and written by Groundlings alums Davidson, Dorf and Ramras and revolves around the three as they try desperately to land one of their famous friends for a feature script that they have developed, so that they, too, can rise to fame in Hollywood. Davidson, Dorf and Ramras are partnering with their real-life friends,, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, who will be executive producing “Nobodies” through their production company, On The Day, with Falcone directing and guest-starring in the pilot episode. Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”), Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live”), Jim Rash (“Community”) and Nat Faxon (“Married”) will also guest star in the pilot.
In addition to McCarthy, Falcone and McDonald, JAX Media’s Tony Hernandez will executive produce for TV Land.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Laura Ling to Host “Popsugar Presents: Conquered” on Z Living
Health entertainment network Z Living’s new original series ”Popsugar Presents: Conquered” will be hosted by journalist and author Laura Ling (“E! Investigates” and Current TV’s “Vanguard” series). The half-hour series chronicles unique and uplifting stories about people – from the everyday to the influential – who have broken boundaries and conquered obstacles in order to achieve their goals. Ling will guide viewers through each episode, exploring such themes as physical achievement, career, personal relationships and health, among others. The series premieres January 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET and will air at 10 p.m. ET in subsequent weeks.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
BBC America, AMC and SundanceTV will present the premiere BBCA’s “Planet Earth II” as a three-network simulcast event on Saturday, February 18 at 9 p.m. ET. The following five episodes of the season will appear on BBCA on Saturday nights following the premiere. The logline: “Planet Earth II” is an immersive exploration of the islands, mountains, jungles, grasslands, deserts and cities of the world. Journey to the four corners of the globe to discover the extreme forces that shape life in each of these iconic landscapes and the remarkable ways animals manage to overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. From eye-to-eye encounters with incredible creatures to epic journeys through breathtaking wildernesses, experience the wonder of the natural world as never before.
Season two of “Hap and Leonard,” subtitled “Mucho Mojo,” will open on Sundance TV on Wednesday, March 15 at 10 p.m., ET. The logline: Based on the book series by Joe R. Lansdale, “Hap and Leonard” follows two lifelong best friends — Hap Collins (James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams) – as they find themselves in mucho-trouble, caught in the middle of a murder mystery with more twists and turns than an East Texas highway. Six episodes have been ordered.
“Snatch,” Crackle’s new scripted original drama based loosely on the movie of the same name, is set to premiere Thursday, March 16. Inspired by a real life heist in London, “Snatch,” centers on a group of twenty-something, up and coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend. “Snatch” stars Rupert Grint as the utterly posh, Charlie Cavendish. Best known as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise, Grint also serves as an executive producer.
Also on Sundance TV, season two of “Gomorrah,” based on the book by Robert Saviano, begins on Wednesday, April 26 at 10 p.m. ET. “Gomorrah” picks up moments after the end of the first season: Pietro has escaped from the prison van; Genny’s boys have been downed in Conte’s ambush; and Ciro has shot Genny. The era of the Savastano clan, which once reigned supreme over Naples, seems to be definitively over, and many compete for what was once the Savastano Empire. Only one thing is certain: the future will belong to the one who can tighten the bonds of power most forcefully.
Upcoming Reelz miniseries “The Kennedys-After Camelot,” starring Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy will open with a two-hour world premiere on Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET. The two-hour conclusion will air the following Sunday, April 9 in the following block. “The Kennedys-After Camelot” also stars Alexander Siddig as Aristotle Onassis, Brett Donahue as John F. Kennedy Jr., Kristen Hager as Joan Kennedy with Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth reprising their roles as Rose and Ethel Kennedy.
From truTV: New comedic lifestyle series “Upscale with Prentice Penny”premieres Tuesday, March 21, at 10 p.m. ET, tackling topics including travel, fashion, gift giving and cooking…New mashup comedy series “Talk Show the Game Show” from creator and host Guy Branum premieres Wednesday, April 5, at 10 p.m. ET. Celebrity guests in season one will include Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, John Sally and Wanda Sykes…New scripted comedy “I’m Sorry” created by and starring Andrea Savage premieres Wednesday, June 21, at 10 p.m. ET.
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Welcome to Miami
Which one of the following TV series set in Miami did not reach the 100-episode mark?
a) “CSI: Miami”
b) “Empty Nest”
c) “Miami Vice”
f) they all did
The answer to the last Friday’s question…
Which one of the following TV characters was known for saying, “let’s be careful out there”?
a) Phil Esterhaus
b) Gil Grissom
c) Theo Kojak
d) Bert Samuels
e) Andy Sipowicz
is: a) Phil Esterhaus, who was played by the late Michael Conrad on classic NBC crime drama “Hill Street Blues.”
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