Friday October 9, 2020
Television and Radio
“Cavalcade of America” was first broadcast on CBS radio in 1935…“Land of the Lost” debuted on ABC radio in 1943…Doc Severinsen took over as musical director on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1967…The identity of the dead woman floating in the Ewing pool at Southfork is revealed to be Sue Ellen’s sister Kristin Shepard (Mary Crosby) in the fifth season premiere of the original “Dallas” on CBS in 1981. Kristin actually reappeared in the series finale of “Dallas” (on May 3, 1991) when J.R. (Larry Hagman) experienced visions of what the world would be like if he had never been born…Mary Jo Catlett joined the cast of NBC sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” in 1982 as Pearl Gallagher, the Drummond household’s third (and final) housekeeper…In 1986, News Corp. completed its acquisition of Metromedia, thereby launching the Fox Broadcasting Company. That night, in late night, Joan Rivers debuted on the short-lived Fox late night talker “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers.” Cher, Elton John and Pee Wee Herman were her first guests…CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” hit the 100 episode mark in 2000, which featured Doris Roberts as Marie and Peter Boyle as Frank accidentally driving their car through Ray (Ray Romano) and Debra’s (Patricia Heaton) house.
American inventor Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine motor in 1855…Aviator Laura Ingalls landed in Glendale, California to complete the first solo transcontinental flight across the United States by a woman in 1930…The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, Virginia in 1946. Strawberry Fields, the section of Central Park near 72nd Street and Central Park West in New York City, was dedicated to the late John Lennon in 1985 on his son Sean’s 10th birthday and what would have been John’s 45th…Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical adaptation of “Phantom of the Opera” opened in London in 1986.
Singer Jackson Browne is 72; actor Gary Frank (“Family”) is 70; actor Robert Wuhl (“Arli$$”) is 69; “The Talk” host Sharon Osbourne is 68; actor Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) is 67; actor Scott Bakula (“NCIS: New Orleans”) is 66; actor John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld”) is 66; actor and producer Linwood Boomer (“Little House on the Prairie;” “Malcolm in the Middle”) is 65; actor Michael Pare is 62; Chicago Bears linebacker Mike Singletary is 61; twin sisters Jean Sagal and Liz Sagal are each 59; director Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) is 56; former British Prime Minister David Cameron is 54; director Steve McQueen (“12 Years A Slave”) is 51; singer P.J. Harvey is 51; champion golfer Annika Sorenstam is 50; singer Sean Lennon is 45; actor Randy Spelling (“Sunset Beach”) is 42; actor Brandon Routh (“D.C.‘s Legends of Tomorrow”) is 41; actor Zachery Ty Bryan (“Home Improvement”) is 37; organizational guru Marie Kondo (Netflix’s “Tidying Up”) is 36; comedienne Melissa Villasenor (“Saturday Night Live”) is 33; Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 28; Season 10 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is 27; fashion model Bella Hadid is 24.
59 Million Viewers Tune-In to the Vice Presidential Debate
Nielsen Media Research is reporting that 59 million viewers tuned into the Vice Presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris on Wednesday night across ABC, CNN, CBS, FOX, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, and PBS. Fox News was the most-watched outlet, with 11.5 million viewers, followed by ABC (9.4 million) and CNN (7.3 million).
Comparably, this is the second most-watched vice presidential debate has scored since they first started in 1976. Tops remains the 2008 meet-up between then Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with 70 million viewers. That event on October 2, 2008 was broadcast on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo, TF, CNN, FOXN, MSNBC, CNBC, and BBC America.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Quibi Orders Environmental Series “Ten Ton Chum”
Short-form streamer Quibi has greenlit “Ten Ton Chum” (working title), hosted by “Fast & Furious” star Michelle Rodriguez, which will dive into the abyss and explore the mysterious ecosystem of the ocean. Produced by MAK Pictures, the series will document a “first-of-its-kind scientific endeavor” by engineering the largest controlled oceanic feeding frenzy.
Film crews will be on the scene to capture the footage as a 10-ton (20,000-pound) ball of shark chum is deployed into open waters. The bait will be built around a protective shark cage, which will allow divers to swim with the gathering storm of sharks and other marine predators as it descends into the depths. Environmental advocate Rodriguez will join divers swimming within the bait ball to witness the frenzy firsthand while also observing varying behaviors of aquatic species at surface level, at 100 feet below, and how those behaviors change once the sun sets.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Apple TV+ Renews Dramedy “Dickinson” for Season 3
Apple TV+ has greenlit coming-of-age dramedy “Dickinson” for a third season ahead of its second season premiere, which will be available for streaming on Friday, January 8, 2021. “Dickinson” takes place during Emily Dickinson’s era with a modern sensibility and tone. It takes viewers into the world of Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view.
The early renewal for “Dickinson” comes on the heels of the show’s creator, showrunner and exec producer Alena Smith signing an overall deal with Apple TV+.
2020 NFL Regular Season Week 5 TV and Announcer Schedule
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers meet the Bears in the Windy City for the first Thursday Night Football simulcast on Fox and Amazon Prime (Oct. 8 @ 8:20 p.m., Fox/NFL Network/Amazon). Brady threw five touchdown passes to lead Tampa Bay to a comeback win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4. Chicago dropped its first game of 2020 in Nick Foles’ first start for the Bears.
Drew Brees tries to stay perfect in the series when New Orleans (2-2) hosts Los Angeles (1-3) (Oct. 12 @ 8:15 p.m., ESPN). Brees is 3-0 versus the Chargers since beating the Saints in 2004 while with San Diego. New Orleans comes off a 35-29 victory at Detroit in Week 4.
For the complete Week 5 NFL regular season schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers), click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The second season of the “Unsolved Mysteries” reboot on Netflix will be available for streaming with six new episodes on Monday, October 19. The series profiles more unexplained disappearances, tragic events, and bizarre occurrences.
Showtime Documentary Films will premiere filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi’s new film “American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself” on Friday, October 23 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: A visceral cross-country journey during one of the most tumultuous years in history and chilling in its foreshadowing, the feature documentary fearlessly enters the heart of a nation and reflects back urgent, and at times, uncomfortable, truths
Four-part docuseries “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem” will premiere on November 8, 2020 at 10 PM ET/PT. Inspired by the music and subjects featured in the EPIX original series “Godfather of Harlem,” this documentary series brings alive the dramatic true story of Harlem and its music during the 1960’s, and connects that history to our present moment.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Chasing the Crown” on Amazon; “Deaf U” on Netflix…Season premieres: “Fast & Furious Spy Racers” and “The Haunting Of…” on Netflix; “Ghostwriter” on Apple TV+; “The Right Stuff” on Disney+; “Raven’s Home” on Disney…Season finales: “Prime Rewind” on Amazon; “Bering Sea Gold” on Discovery….For the complete schedule for Friday, October 9, click here