ON THIS DAY
NBC introduced the television version of music series “Your Hit Parade” in 1950 as a replacement for dramatic anthology “Robert Montgomery Presents.” The concept was introduced on NBC Radio in 1935 in a format featuring the top songs of the week countdown to the number one pick. Following a four week summer run, “Your Hit Parade” returned as a regularly scheduled series in October 1950, simulcast with the radio version…Fox drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” opened its second season in 1991 with a batch of summer-themed episodes that helped solidify its status as a bona fide hit. The series ultimately aired for 10 seasons, producing 294 episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: Actress Phyllis Smith (“The Office”) is 66; “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara is 45; Former “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier is 41.
-Did You Know?:
When Shannen Doherty left “Beverly Hills, 90210” after the fourth season in 1994, Drew Barrymore was offered a part on the series but she turned it down to focus on her film career. Other contenders before Tiffani Thiessen was cast as Valerie Malone were Alyssa Milano and Alicia Silverstone. Doherty ultimately reprised her role as Brenda Walsh in seven episodes of the “90210” revival on The CW from 2008-09.
In series premiere news, CBS game show “Candy Crush” squandered the lead-in support from “Big Brother” with a modest (and second-place) 2.4 rating/4 share in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that was 40 percent below the 4.0/ 7 for “Big Brother” in the 8 p.m. hour.
Elsewhere, recently introduced NBC newsmagazine “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” remained a bust a a third-place 2.2/ 4 from 7-8 p.m. The biggest draw among the original ABC game shows on Sunday remained “Celebrity Family Feud,” hosted by Steve Harvey, at a dominant 4.4/ 8 at 8 p.m. Sophomore “American Grit” on Fox, meanwhile, was off the overnight charts at 0.8/ 1 from 9-10 p.m.
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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Justin Baldoni to Develop “The Men’s Room” Talk Show
Current “Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni is developing a weekly talk show geared to men based on his social media presence called “The Men’s Room” through his company Wayfarer Entertainment. He will moderate the proposed series and featured will be five other men as they discuss “what it means to be a man today” with topics like marriage, parenthood and fitness. Each week, the revolving cast will reveal their most personal and intimate feelings.
Said Baldoni on Instagram: “I believe that there are more than enough men who are ready and willing to challenge the stereotypes of masculinity and join this conversation. I believe that men are ready to redefine what it means to be a man today, and that the old “toxic” masculinity isn’t working for anyone. So… this is for all my brothers who are ready to bring in and challenge a new generation of men to be role models for our youth. This is for all my sisters who I feel need to know that there are men all over the world who believe in equality and who are willing to challenge the stereotypes masculinity, not only to protect but also to empower them.”
There is no word on a network or release date, but “The Men’s Room” is expected to go into production next month.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Netflix Renews “Castlevania” for Season Two
Netflix has ordered a second season of animated series Castlevania, which debutedon Friday. The order is for eight new episodes in season two (versus four in season one).
Inspired by the classic video game series from Japan’s Konami, Castlevania is an animated project written by best-selling author and comic book legend Warren Ellis. Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy that follows the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself. The cast features the voice talents of Graham McTavish (The Hobbit, Outlander and Preacher) as Dracula, Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy) as Trevor Belmont, James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) as Alucard, Emily Swallow (Supernatural) as Lisa, Matt Frewer (Orphan Black) as The Bishop, and Tony Amendola (Annabelle).
NOTES OF INTERESTCasting News John Cho (the “Star Trek” franchise) has been cast in the upcoming second season of Fox Friday night drama “The Exorcist.”. The logline: Season two of “The Exorcist” finds Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and a newly collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil. Across the Atlantic, Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) attempts to weed out those within the Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.
Korean Announcers Go Crazy for Yankees Home Runs
The newly-installed youth on the 2017 New York Yankees baseball team has energized their play and intrigued their fans.
Observers from outside of New York have felt their electricity as well. In the fourth inning of the July 7 game versus the Milwaukee Brewers in The Bronx, Yankees’ 26-year-old first baseman Ji-Man Choi — in just his second game of his Yankee career — hit a go-ahead two-run home run to deep right field. Choi’s home run whipped the announcers of the Korean transmission of the game into a frenzy. For a look, clickhere
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Season three of sitcom “In the Cut,” starring Dorien Wilson and Kellita Smith, will open with two back-to-back episodes from 9-10 p.m. ET on Tues. July 11. “In The Cut stars Wilson” (“The Parkers”) as Jay Weaver, an accomplished entrepreneur and barbershop owner who is kept on his toes by Cheryl, played by Smith (“The Bernie Mac Show”), the co-owner of the beauty salon next store and his love interest. Ken Lawson (“The Parkers”) returns as Jay’s 32-year old illegitimate son from a short-lived fling now in on the family business, as does John Marshall Jones (“The Smart Guy”) as fellow barber and pal Smitty.
A+E docuseries “Escaping Polygamy” will open season three on Monday, August 7th at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: This season, the many people who enlist help from the girls include a son of powerful FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs who leaves the religion to find his mother who he has been separated from for most of his life; a mother hoping to find her daughters who have been hidden within an elite group in the FLDS community; and a young girl who desperately wants to rescue the love of her life in a dangerous mission that further exposes the dark and treacherous realities of polygamy.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
TNT debuts drama “Will” based on the life of young William Shakespeare…Season premieres: “The Real Housewives of Orange County” on Bravo, “Kate Plus 8”on TLC and “Sweet Home Oklahoma” on Bravo…”The Therapist” concludes for the season on Viceland. For the complete listing for Monday, July 10, click here