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ABC and HBO Max Announce New Programming Initiatives; Amazon Prime Orders Final Season of “Bosch”

ON THIS DAY – Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2020

Then Senator John F. Kennedy appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in 1954. Eight years later, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a tour of the White House on TV in 1962…The first telecast of 1959 theatrical classic “Ben-Hur” aired in a five-hour block on CBS in 1971… John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a week-long stint as co-hosts on daytime talker “The Mike Douglas Show” in 1972. One of their guests was rock pioneer Chuck BerryWalter Cronkite announced his retirement from the “CBS Evening News” in 1980… CBS debuted miniseries, “Alex Haley’s Queen,” an adaptation of Haley’s novel “Queen: The Story of an American Family,” in 1993…“Barbra Streisand: Timeless” aired on Fox in 2001. The special was a farewell-tour concert…

Celebrity Birthdays:  Politician Michael Bloomberg is 78; magician Raymond Teller of Penn & Teller is 72; “The Good Doctor” star Freddie Highmore is 28.

Did You Know?:
“The Mike Douglas Show” premiered locally on KYW in Cleveland on December 11, 1961. In September 1963, Douglas’ show was syndicated to four other television markets that had a Westinghouse-owned station: Pittsburgh, Boston, Baltimore and San Francisco. Less than one year later, the show had expanded to a total of 27 cities. More stations picked up the talk show and it stayed on the air until Nov. 30, 1981.

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

UCP to Develop Dark Comedy “The Resort”
United Content Productions is developing a dark comedy called “The Resort” from Andy Siara (“Palm Springs”) and Sam Esmail’s Esmail Corp, which is under a deal with UCP, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. Anonymous Content is producing. The series will be shopped to premium and streaming platforms.

The logline: The Resort explores love and the weird things we do in the name of it, encased in an elaborate true-crime conspiracy, with each season set in a unique picturesque vacation destination. The first season takes place at an all-inclusive resort along the Mayan Riviera, when a married couple on the brink of divorce inadvertently becomes embroiled in one of the Yucatan’s most bizarre, unsolved mysteries that, somehow, is part metaphysical detective story, part Indiana Jones-esque adventure, part coming-of-age romance.

ABC Picks Up Sibling Comedy Pilot “Home Economics”
ABC has given a pilot order to a proposed single-camera comedy called “Home Economics” from writers Michael Colton and John Aboud (“Penguins o Madagascar”), Lionsgate TV and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum’s studio-based Tannenbaum Company. Written by Colton and Aboud, “Home Economics” focuses on three adult siblings: one in the 1 percent, one middle-class, and one barely holding on.

The project, which is inspired by Colton’s family, was originally set up at Fox last development season. Colton and Aboud executive produce with Kim and Eric Tannenbaum of The Tannenbaum Company, whose Jason Wang is co-executive producer. Lionsgate Television’s Maxfield Elins will oversee the series on behalf of the studio.

HBO Max to Develop “More Happy Than Not”
Bestselling novel “More Happy Than Not” by Adam Silvera is being adapted into a one-hour drama from Drew Comins at Creative Engine Entertainment and eOne for upcoming streamer HBO Max. Comins and Silvera are attached to executive produce.

“More Happy Than Not” follows 16-year-old Aaron Soto, who’s trying to find happiness again after the unexpected suicide of his father. Even with the support from his mother and his girlfriend, Aaron struggles to remember what happiness is — that is, until he meets Thomas, a new kid in the neighborhood. After the two become friends, Aaron soon realizes he may have feelings for Thomas beyond friendship and struggles to accept them. Convinced he can never be happy because of feelings, and more deeply, his identity, Aaron turns to a memory-altering procedure from the Leteo Institute.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Amazon Prime Renews “Bosch” for Final Seventh Season
Amazon Prime has announced a seventh — and final — season of crime solver “Bosch.” The Amazon Original, starring Titus Welliver, is based on Michael Connelly’s novels featuring the titular detective. The final season will draw on Connelly’s “The Concrete Blonde” and “The Burning Room,” with Harry Bosch and Jerry Edgar “pursuing two separate but perilous murder investigations that will take them to the highest levels of white collar crime and the deadly depths of the street level drug trade.”

The series is produced by Fabrik Entertainment and developed for television by Eric Overmyer. Welliver, Pieter Jan Brugge, Connelly, Overmyer, Daniel Pyne, James Baker and Bo Stehmeier are executive producers.

A+E Greenlights “Live PD: Wanted” for Season 2
Crime-themed “Live PD: Wanted,” hosted by Tom Morris Jr,” has been renewed by A+E for a second season. The announcement was made the day after the arrest of Melody Bannister by the U.S. Marshals Office and the Hendricks County (IN) Sheriff’s Office.

Bannister, who was featured on the December 12th episode of “Live PD: Wanted,” had abducted her four children and had been on the run since June 14, 2019. She was apprehended in Hendricks County, IN, and the children were found safely. Bannister was wanted on one count of violation of a court order, four counts of abduction and one count of filing a false police report.

Hosted by Tom Morris Jr. with analysis from crime journalist Michelle Sigona and Sheriff Mark Lamb of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (AZ), “Live PD®: Wanted” enlists the Live PD Nation and the public for tips and leads to track down suspects on the run from the law. Each week, camera crews ride along with America’s police departments, sheriff’s offices and federal task forces on their hunt for fugitives. Tom, Sheriff Lamb and Michelle break down the cases and activate the Live PD Nation to solve them.

“Live PD: Wanted” is inspired by Tom’s signature “Wanted” segment that airs on “Live PD.” Viewer tips have led to the apprehension of over two dozen dangerous fugitives across the country.

“Live PD: Wanted” is produced for A&E by Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM Company. Executive producers for Big Fish Entertainment are Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino, John Zito, Philip Alongi and Joe Venafro. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Sean Gottlieb, and Brad Abramson.

INSTANT REPLAYS

Contrasts of the Two Versions of “The Conners” Live Episode on ABC – Click here

Chloe Fineman Finally Gets “SNL” Spotlight with Her Oscars Preview on “Weekend Update” – Click here

Adam Sandler and the Safdie Brothers from “Uncut Gems” Shine at the Film Independent Spirit Awards – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Spectrum Originals will debut crime drama “The Temple” on Monday, March 9. In this character-driven drama, a brilliant but haunted surgeon, Daniel Milton (Mark Strong), sacrifices everything for love when he opens an illegal medical clinic in the network of tunnels beneath London’s Temple subway station.  When word of the clinic starts to spread among outcasts and the criminal underworld, Daniel becomes entrenched in dangerous battles between life and death — and one for his very soul. Eight episodes of “The Temple” have been ordered.

Docuseries “Waka & Tommy: What the Flocka, which follows Waka Flocka Flame and his wife Tammy Rivera, will premiere on WE on Thursday, March 12 at 10 p.m. ET on WE tv. The series follows Hip Hop’s iconic sweethearts as they navigate their renewed commitment to their relationship after their emotional roller-coaster on WE tv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition.” One year after the wedding of their dreams, Waka and Tammy find themselves in their new home in Atlanta, where they are navigating all the challenges of married life.  From home renovation, juggling Tammy’s bustling music career, parenting their teenage daughter Charlie, and meddling in-laws, keeping their marriage strong takes work.

“Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail” will open season four on Discovery on Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m. ET. The logline: When another Klondike winter shuts down the Yukon, 25-year-old gold mining prodigy Parker Schnabel is determined to expand his operation and dig year-round. Following his gut instinct and a few solid leads, Parker and his friends will make the 8,000-mile journey to the vast terrains of Australia. The land is home to record-sized nuggets and the largest untapped gold reserves in the world. If Parker can find gold and stake a claim in Australia, it could revolutionize his business, turning a self-made Yukon miner into a global mining operation.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “High Fidelity” and “Utopia Falls” on Hulu; “Visible: Out on Television”