CBS premiered the daytime soap “Search for Tomorrow” in 1951, which featured Mary Stuart as housewife Joanne Gardner. The 15-minute broadcast shared a half-hour daytime block with “Guiding Light” for its first 16 years. In 1968, it expanded to a half hour. “Search for Tomorrow” moved to NBC in 1982, where is remained until its cancellation in 1986…Multi Emmy Award-winning “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” officially exited CBS after seven seasons in 1977…Actress Jeri Ryan officially joined the cast of UPN’s “Star Trek: Voyager” in the series’ fourth season premiere in 1997 as Seven of Nine, the role that gave her most notoriety.
Comedy “Calendar Girl” starring “Beverly Hills 90210’s Jason Priestley and Jerry O’Connell opened in theaters in 1993.
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the British pop duo Eurythmics reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.
Actress Valerie Perrine (“Lenny”) is 77; actor Steve Schirripa (“The Sopranos”) is 62; former MTV VJ Adam Curry is 56; actor Charlie Sheen (“Two and a Half Men”) is 55; former “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host John Fugelsang is 51; actor Nick Wechsler (“Revenge”) is 42; Olympic softball champion Jennie Finch is 40; Olympic snowboarding champion Shaun White is 34.
Did You Know?
Actors who appeared on “Search for Tomorrow” at some point over the course of its 35 season run included Kevin Bacon, Angela Bassett, Olympia Dukakis, Sandy Duncan, Morgan Fairchild, Lee Grant, Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Kevin Kline, Don Knotts, Viggo Mortensen and Susan Sarandon…“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” spun off three television series, all of which aired on CBS: the sitcoms “Rhoda” (1974–78) and “Phyllis” (1975–77), and the one-hour drama “Lou Grant” (1977–82). In 2000, Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper reprised their roles in a two-hour ABC TV-movie, “Mary and Rhoda.” Two retrospective specials were produced by CBS: “Mary Tyler Moore Show: The 20th Anniversary Show” (1991) and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show Reunion” (2002). Additionally, the Sept. 4, 2013 episode of TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” featured appearances by Mary, Valerie, Cloris Leachman, Georgia Engel and Betty White.
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
A Reboot of “Pretty Little Liars” in the Works at Warner Bros. TV
Just three years after concluding its seven season run on Freeform, “Riverdale” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been tapped to develop a reboot. The proposed new version of the social media sensation will feature a new story and new characters, with Aguirre-Sacasa set to pen the script. A network is not yet attached and the project has not yet been taken out to possible buyers, but the likely target destination for the potential series is streamer HBO Max.
Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo will exec produce the drama alongside Aguirre-Sacasa.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Paramount Network Cancels “68 Whiskey”
Paramount Network has opted against a second season of dark dramedy “68 Whiskey,” which followed a multicultural band of Army medics stationed in Afghanistan on a base nicknamed “The Orphanage.” Together, the medics navigated a dangerous and sometimes absurd world, relying on comradery, various vices, and occasionally a profound sense of purpose to carry them through. The show starred Sam Keeley, Jeremy Tardy, Gage Golightly, Cristina Rodlo, Beth Riesgraf, Lamont Thompson, Nicholas Coombe and Derek Theler.
“68 Whiskey” hailed from Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and their Imagine Television banner. The duo served as executive producers on the project, alongside series creator and writer Roberto Benabib. Howard was originally lined up to direct the pilot, but that responsibility eventually fell to Michael Lehmann.
The now final episode of “68 Whiskey” aired on March 18th. Ten episodes in total were produced.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
Fall TV 2020: Panel Addresses the Medium Formerly Known as “Television”
Launched in January 2019, STIRR, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, operates under the notion that broadcasters play a key role in delivering content and services to consumers in enabling advertisers to have direct relationships. Unlike other OTT offerings, which are national brands and available everywhere, a primary focus at STIRR is on local programming — news, sports and lifestyle in particular.
“There are genres of programming that are all local that have never been exploited,” said Adam Ware, VP and general manager, National Networks and Platforms at Sinclair Broadcast Group. “Viewers, from cord-cutters to cord-nevers to people that still have cable, tend to watch primary streamers like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu for certain shows. But the disconnect is the absence of local programming and all the things that would drive local interest.”
STIRR is available on platforms including Roku, Fire TV, tvOS, iOS, Android and the web. An offshoot channel called STIRR CITY streams a 24/7 program line-up based on where the viewer lives. And, effective via STIRR this fall, will be the streaming availability of syndicated mainstay entries like “Judge Judy,” “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
We spoke to Adam Ware about the merits of the traditional TV platform and how COVID-19 has permanently impacted our business ahead of the Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 Streaming TV Summit, part of Future’s Fall TV 2020. Click here.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The personal rivalry between two former professional football quarterbacks trying to embark on post-athletic careers as sportscasters is at the center of “Now We’re Talking,” a half-hour, single-camera original comedy created, executive produced, written by, and starring Tommy Dewey (“Casual”) and Tug Coker (“The Office”). The second season of the show will premiere on Thursday, September 17, on CW Seed.
ABC in partnership with TIME will bring the annual TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people to life with a special television event, “TIME100,” on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. For the first time since the iconic list’s inception, viewers will get an entertainment-filled inside look at the leaders, creators and everyday heroes comprising the 2020 list ahead of its TIME print debut. Performers and guests for the special will be announced in the coming weeks.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Raised by Wolves” on HBO Max; “Dr. Pimple Popper: Before the Pop” on E!; “The Sounds” on Acorn TV…Season premieres: “A.P. Bio” on Peacock (new outlet); “Buried in the Backyard” on Oxygen…Season finales: “Tough As Nails” on CBS; “The Song” on AXS TV; “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA: “Married Boot Camp” on WE; “Real Housewives of New York City” on Bravo; “Cake” on FXX; “Tacoma FD” on truTV…For the complete schedule for Wednesday, September 2, click here