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11 Of the Best Holiday Episodes in TV History; Remembering Philip McKeon

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

ON THIS DAY
Delta Burke’s then current weight struggle was addressed in 1989 in a “Designing Women” episode titled “They Shoot Fat Women, Don’t They?” The plot featured Suzanne Sugarbaker attending her high school reunion and being shunned because of her weight gain…In 1993, HBO premiered its remake of the campy classic “Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman,” with Daryl Hannah as the lead…

Celebrity Birthdays: “One Day at a Time” star Rita Moreno is 88; singer Jermaine Jackson is 65; Oscar winner Mo’Nique (“Precious”) is 52; rapper Mos Def is 46; “Boy Meets World” star Rider Strong is 40.

Did You Know?
Delta Burke was the favorite to win Best Actress in a Comedy Series for “Designing Women” in that 1989-90 season. But the trophy went, once again, to Candice Bergen for “Murphy Brown.” 

RATINGS BOX                                                            

Live+7 Weekly Ratings: “Survivor: Island of the Idols” Leads Non-Scripted Telecasts in Overall Raw Gains for Thanksgiving Week – Click here

Live+3 Rating Ratings
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Thursday 12/05/19: Click here
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Source: Nielsen Media Research

HOLIDAY TV
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11 Of the Best Holiday Episodes in TV History
Naturally, when you think of Christmas-themed episodes of your favorite television series, you envision families gathering together to enjoy this joyous time of the year. Indeed, there are many. And then there are those fictional holiday celebrations, “Chrismukkah” and “Festivus,” that bring joy to the small screen (and great additions to our pop culture).

Of course, not every holiday celebration on TV is fa la la la la…at least in the beginning. But, by episode end, it is joy to the world small screen style. Even one classic science fiction series had a happy ending!

Since this listing is based on regularly scheduled TV series only, I had to exclude two of my favorite TV movies: “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” in 1971 (which led to beloved family drama “The Waltons” and “A Very Christmas,” which in 1988 proved that we just could not get enough of that fictional clan named Brady. After all, how could you forget a film that featured a scene where Mama Carol (Florence Henderson) allows her now troubled adult daughter Jan (Eve) to have made-up sex with hubby (Philip Kuhlman) before coming downstairs for good ‘ol Alice’s (Ann B. Davis) flapjacks?

That aside, sit back, grab yourself a cup of holiday cheer, and enjoy this walk down Christmas and Hanukkah lane (and “Chrismukkah” and “Festivus” too). Ho, ho, ho! And Happy Holidays! Click here

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Steve Harvey to Revive Talk Show on Facebook Watch
Steve Harvey is returning to talk as host of “Steve on Watch” on Facebook Watch. The initial commitment is for 10 weeks beginning on January 6th.

“Reaching my audience anywhere and everywhere they are has always been the goal,” Harvey said in a statement. “Facebook Watch viewers are the most energetic, engaged community, and so are my amazing fans. Getting all those people to directly engage on a platform like this is the perfect evolution of the show.”

Harvey debuted in daytime talk in “The Steve Harvey Show” from NBCUniversal out of Chicago in 2012. In 2017, he took over ownership, moved to Los Angeles and changed the titled to “Steve.” But NBCU decided to drop the show in favor of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (which is confirmed to return for season two in 2020-21.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Bravo Renews “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” Through 2021
Bravo has given a two-season renewal to talker Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which will take it through 2021. The scoop from Bravo: As host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Andy continues to go there – challenging both celebrities and Bravolebrities on the most interactive show in late-night television. The series has been the only live show in late-night television for over ten years and consistently makes headlines with bold interviews viewers don’t see anywhere else. Because of this, the Bravo Clubhouse has become a nightly destination for some of the biggest names in pop culture.

Additionally, it was recently announced by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that Andy would receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

TV UPDATES

“Alice” Star Philip McKeon Dies at 55
Philip McKeon, who played Tommy Hyatt, Alice’s (Linda Lavin) son on the 1976-85 CBS sitcom “Alice” died this morning of an undisclosed cause. The former child star passed away in Texas, McKeon’s spokesman Jeff Ballard told People magazine

“We are all beyond heartbroken and devastated over Phil’s passing,” said Ballard in a statement to the outlet. “His wonderful sense of humor, kindness and loyalty will be remembered by all who crossed his path in life.”

Born November 11, 1964 in Westbury, New York, McKeon was cast on “Alice” after Linda Lavin saw him perform on Broadway. The first actor to play Tommy in the pilot episode was Alfred Lutter, who originated the role in the 1974 theatrical “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” which the sitcom was based on. For more, click here

SPORTS

2019 NFL Regular Season Week 15 TV and Announcer Schedule –Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Oxygen will debut crime-themed docuseries “Murdered by Morning” on Sunday, January 19 at 7 p.m. ET. The series showcases stories where individuals are unaware that the night in question will be their last. From a girls’-night-out gone bad to an overnight shift at a local toy store that takes an unexpected turn, “Murdered by Morning” recounts how an average night can quickly turn into a nightmare. By examining each case step-by-step, the series combs through numerous suspects until the killer is eventually caught.

TLC will launch docuseries “Hot & Heavy, which follows three couples, on Tuesday, January 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The show focuses on three men who defend the honor of their significant others and face judgment due to their mixed-weight relationships. These couples endure difficult challenges both inside and outside of their relationships, as they’re forced to answer the ultimate question: can love conquer all?

December 2019 Streaming Series Programming Preview – Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season finales: “Castle Rock” on Hulu; “Property Brothers” on HGTV…The 5 broadcast networks are in all originals…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, December 11 click here