A Brief History of “Star Trek” for the Debut of “Star Trek: Picard” – Click here
ON THIS DAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020
Norman Lear sitcom “Hot L Baltimore,” which featured “Two and a Half Men’s” Conchata Ferrell and “The Facts of Life” star Charlotte Rae, debuted in 1975. Due to its controversial subject matter (which included two prostitutes living at the hotel), this was the first ABC television series to have a warning at its opening, cautioning viewers about the mature themes. Despite the brouhaha, “Hot L Baltimore” could not find enough of an audience to stay on the air past 13-episodes…
Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Neil Diamond is 79; Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 52; “The Office” star Ed Helms is 46; “The Last Man on Earth” star Kristen Schaal is 42; Mischa Barton from “The O.C.” is 34.
-Did You Know?
”Hot L Baltimore” was the first failed sitcom for producer Norman Lear following a string of hits, beginning with “All in the Family” in 1971 and continuing with “Sanford and Son” (1972), “Maude” (1972), “Good Times” (1974) and “The Jeffersons” (1975). Next for Lear after “Hot L Baltimore” was “One Day at a Time,“ which launched on Dec. 16, 1975 and aired for nine seasons.
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A Brief History of “Star Trek” for the Debut of “Star Trek: Picard”
Over 50 years after debuting, the seventh live action series in the franchise, “Star Trek: Picard,” is now streaming on CBS All Access.
Little did anyone know (myself included) the impact “Star Trek” would have in pop culture.
Launched on September 8, 1966, the original “Star Trek” aired on NBC at a time when there were only three broadcast networks, cable and digital streaming were non-existent, as was social media, and the idea of watching television outside of sitting in front of your TV set was…well…pretty out of space.
“I was proud of the work we did on the seven years on the series and the four movies that we made,” said Sir Patrick Stewart at the recent Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena. “The last one maybe had less impact than the others, and that brought the franchise to a close. But the context in which the work was done, the fact that we were then, as we are now, an ensemble, it has been far easier than I expected to make this transition nearly 20 years later.” For more, click here
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This week, Douglas Pucci reviews new Fox sitcom “Outmatched,” “Brain Games” at Nat Geo Channel; “The Crystal Maze” on Nickelodeon; “The Biggest Loser” on USA; “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens” on Comedy Central; and “Avenue 5” on HBO. Click here
35 of the Most Memorable Commercials in TV History – Click here
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
“Funny You Should Ask” Renewed for Two More Seasons
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has picked-up “Funny You Should Ask” for an additional two-season order. Hosted by Jon Kelley, the comedy game show is a daily half-hour strip featuring a panel of comedians who interact with contestants for cash and big laughs. In each episode, the laughs and the stakes increase as the contestants ask the comedians questions.
The comedians regularly appearing on “Funny You Should Ask” include Howie Mandel, Tiffany Haddish, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias, Cedric the Entertainer, Billy Gardell, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho, Cheryl Hines, Byron Allen, Louie Anderson, Raven-Symone, Tommy Davidson, Sherri Shepherd, Tim Meadows, Russell Peters, Tom Arnold, Sheryl Underwood, Natasha Leggero, Bill Bellamy, Bobby Lee, Jimmie Walker, Bill Engvall, Harland Williams, Jackee, Gary Owen, David Alan Grier, Maria Bamford, Maz Jobrani, Dave Coulier, George Wallace, Loni Love, Pauly Shore, Dean Edwards, Jodi Miller, Vivica A. Fox, and Caroline Rhea.
OWN Cancels Drama “Ambitions”
OWN has opted against a second season of drama “Ambitions.” Debuting on June 18, 2019, “Ambitions” was described as “a multigenerational family saga centered around one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.” It starred Robin GIvens, who announced the news on Instagram.
We’re thankful to Will Packer, Jamey Giddens and the entire cast and crew of ‘Ambitions’ for their creativity and hard work on the show. Every week they delivered great drama, intrigue and a lot of fun storytelling,” said OWN president Tina Perry in a statement. “We look forward to continue working with Will Packer and his talented team of collaborators in the future.”
Travel Channel Renews “The Holzer Files” for Season Two
Travel Channel has greenlit “The Holzer Files” for a second season, with an order for 13 new episodes. Last year, exclusively and for the first-time ever, Travel Channel reopened the case files of America’s first ghost hunter, Hans Holzer, revealing the original recordings and documents from the paranormal pioneer’s renowned studies.
In “The Holzer Files,” a dedicated paranormal team – led by paranormal investigator Dave Schrader, psychic medium Cindy Kaza and equipment technician Shane Pittman – revisits Holzer’s most captivating cases. With the help of Holzer’s daughter, Alexandra Holzer, and researcher Gabe Roth, the team picks up where Holzer left off to re-examine the terrifying hauntings that he dedicated his life to researching.
Is It Already Too Late for Apple TV+
At the just-wrapped Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour, Apple billed its new Apple TV+ streaming service as the destination for “creative storytellers.” But can the biggest name in consumer technology get anyone to watch anything these top creative storytellers produce? Click here
Streaming Wars Update: NBCUniversal Unveils Programming Details for Upcoming Peacock – Click here
2020 Australian Open Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
In “Ice Cold Blood,“ hosted by Ice T, will premiere on Oxygen on Thursday, February 13 at 9 p.m. ET. During each hour-long episode, in-depth interviews and archival footage merge to spotlight an intriguing mystery, recounted through the lens of expert detective work, unpredictable twists and jaw-dropping discoveries.
Culinary competition series “Tournament of Champions,“ hosted by Guy Fieri, will launch on Food Network on Wednesday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET. During the five-part tournament, the chefs’ skills will be pushed to the limit, as they go head-to-head in a single elimination bracket-style competition, where a randomizer machine determines the protein, produce, equipment, cooking style, and time for each of the cook-offs. The pressure is on and emotions are high throughout this unpredictable tournament, as the elite chefs enter this blind competition not knowing who their opponents will be, or what cooking challenges they will face. The intensity increases in each sudden-death each round of the tournament as the coveted spots decrease from 16 to eight in the second round, then to four, until there are only two chefs in the final round
New Freeform drama “Motherland: Fort Salem” will launch on March 18 at 9 p.m. ET. Created by Eliot Laurence (who also created “Claws”), the series is set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country. The series follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped with women on the front lines, the fight looming and terrorist threats that are strikingly familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Rise of the Empires: Ottoman” on Netflix; “Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow” on Hulu; “Pick of the Litter” on Disney+…Season premieres: “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” on Netflix; “Shrill” on Hulu…Season finales: “Encore!” on Disney+; “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” on Disney+...For the listing of available programs for Friday, January 24 click here