Thursday, October 24, 2019
7 Controversial TV Moments That Wouldn’t Make a Blip Today – Click here
ON THIS DAY
Short-lived NBC sitcom “The Michael Richards Show” launched in 2000, signaling what many referred to as the “Seinfeld Curse” (an assertion that the former cast from “Seinfeld” could not carry a series of their own). But with seven additional Emmys wins since “Seinfeld” (including six consecutive for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for HBO’s ‘Veep”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus broke the “curse”…
Oscar winner Kevin Kline (“A Fish Called Wanda”) is 72
Actor BD Wong is 59
“The Real” co-host Adrienne Bailon is 36
“90210” star Shenae Grimes is 30.
Did You Know?
The Tuesday 8 p.m. half-hour on NBC where “The Michael Richards Show” aired was the dumping ground for some of the worst comedies in the history of the network. “Emeril,” featuring Chef Emeril Lagasse, was housed there in the fall of 2001, followed by “The In-Laws” in 2002, and “Whoopi,” headlined by Whoopi Goldberg as the Archie Bunker-ish Mavis Rae, in the fall of 2003.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Disney Channel Greenlights Live-Action Mystery Series “Sulphur Springs”
Disney Channel ordered 11-episodes of a series called “Sulphur Springs,” a live-action, time travel mystery series from writer and executive producer Tracey Thomson (“The Young and the Restless”). Chuck Pratt (“Star”) will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Jennifer Phang (Freeform’s “Cloak & Dagger”) directed the pilot episode. Production is set to begin in New Orleans in 2020.
“Sulphur Springs” follows 12-year-old Griffin Campbell, whose family has just uprooted their lives to move to a new town and take ownership of an abandoned hotel in hopes of restoring it back to the lively vacation destination it once was. Not long after Griffin begins his first day at a new school, he learns that the hotel he’s just moved into is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a girl who disappeared decades ago. Along the way, Griffin befriends Harper, a bright-eyed, mystery-obsessed classmate. Together, they uncover a secret portal that allows them to travel back in time where they’ll uncover that the key to solving the mystery may lie within Griffin’s own family.
Featured are Preston Oliver (“Chicago Fire”) as Griffin, Kyliegh Curran (“Doctor Sleep”) as Harper, Elle Graham (“Swamp Thing”) as Savannah, Kelly Frye (“Criminal Minds”) as Sarah, Josh Braaten (“American Horror Story”) as Ben, Landon Gordon (Disney Channel’s “Coop & Cami Ask the World”) as Wyatt and Madeleine McGraw (“Outcast”) as Zoey.
HBO Max Orders Four “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” Specials from Cartoon Network Studios
Upcoming streamer HBO Max is reviving the “Adventure Time” series with four new one-hour specials titled “Adventure Time: Distant Lands.” The logline: These four new specials will continue the “Adventure Time” stories that captured imaginations and introduced unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buds who traversed the mystical Land of Ooo and encountered its colorful inhabitants.
The first two specials, “BMO” and “Obsidian” are set to premiere on the streamer in 2020 followed by “Wizard City” and “Together Again.” “BMO” follows the lovable little robot from “Adventure Time.” When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is! Obsidian features Marceline & Princess Bubblegum as they journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom – and deep into their tumultuous past – to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
7 Controversial TV Moments That Wouldn’t Make a Blip Today
As the ultimate fan of the original “Dallas” on CBS, I remember spending much of the summer of 1980 contemplating who shot Larry Hagman as that dastardly J.R. Ewing.
On March 21st of that year, audiences across the country were shocked when the evil oil magnate was left to die in his lush office. I was convinced it had to be Jeff Cooper as Sue Ellen’s (Linda Gray) psychiatrist Dr. Simon Elby.
Of course, Mary Crosby as Sue Ellen’s flirtatious younger sister Kristen Shepherd got the honor. That revelation (in an episode titled “Who Done It?” on Nov. 21, 1980) remains one of the most-watched episodes of any series in TV history (with 83 million viewers, according to Nielsen).
But in today’s multi-tier world of original content that populates “Peak TV,” where nothing is left for the imagination, that very same storyline will never be all that big again.
Nor would any of the highly anticipated cliffhangers on the other three popular serialized dramas of the 1980s: “Dallas” spin-off “Knots Landing,” “Dynasty” and “Falcon Crest.”
That leads me to this nostalgic look at those big TV happenings from yesteryear — both in comedy and in drama — that would just not pack the same punch (or anything at all) in today’s world. For more, click here
Cohoot from SellerCrowd Branches Out Past Digital
Launched in 2011, and targeted to the agency and advertiser community, the idea behind interactive website SellerCrowd came from one individual, Clay Gran, who was trying to sell advertising on behalf of a digital network.
“What we were attempting to do at my firm at the time was represent the premium properties on the Internet (like CNN, Fox News and New York Times) and bring them all together to have one outlet for selling inventory,” explained SellerCrowd’s founding partner. “When I met other sellers in the industry, we would exchange information about accounts we were all collectively calling on.”
“Sellers have a sense of camaraderie, even though they work for different outlets,” he added. “There is a brothers and sisters in arms type feeling despite the competitive nature. We all go through the pain of trying to get through to the buy side. And that was the genesis of SellerCrowd, where we could scale this online to a website.”
Flash to the present and Gran, coupled initially with a technical advisor and a designer, have built a community at SellerCrowd, invite only, where over 25,000 users (and over 6,500 companies) in digital can gather to ask questions and get answers from other users about the agencies and the people who make the buying decisions and control the purse strings. For more, click here
Streaming Original Series 2019 Survey
Over the next few weeks, we’re asking you to rate this year’s most popular scripted series on streaming services for 2019. You are not required to vote for every show but for those programs you have viewed, there are five options to choose from: zero (worst) thru 4 (best). Once all the votes have been cast, we’ll tally up the final results for each show and assign a final grade. To take the survey, click here
Christmas in October Signals Another Early Start For The Annual Celebration – Click here
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte
This week’s top of conversation includes The World Series on Fox, the start of the NBA season, HBO drama “Watchmen” and new TBS game “The Misery Index” featuring Joe Gato, Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray and Sal Volcano from “Impractical Jokers.” To listen, click here
2019 NFL Regular Season Week 8 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Five episode drama “The Devil Next Door,” the true story of John Demjanjuk, a retired Ukrainian-American autoworker living a peaceful life with his family in Cleveland, Ohio suburbs in the 1980s, will be available for streaming on Netflix on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The logline: When a group of Holocaust survivors identify Demjanjuk’s photograph as “Ivan the Terrible” – a notoriously cruel Nazi death camp guard who tortured and killed nearly one million Jewish prisoners during World War II – Demjanjuk’s American dream is shattered and he is extradited to Israel to stand trial for crimes against humanity. Israel is transfixed as a media frenzy erupts around the trial in Jerusalem, the nation plunged into trauma and fascination by “the trial of the century.” As the case uncovers dark corners of memory and the horrors of war, the Demjanjuk case becomes a race against time for the defendant and his alleged victims.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Will & Grace” returns for its final season on NBC…The Washington Redskins face the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football on Fox…Netflix debuts drama “Daybreak”… “Deadly Women” concludes for the season on ID.. For the listing of available programs for Thursday, October 24 click here