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Amazon, Disney+ and Quibi Announce New Programming Initiatives

ON THIS DAY – Friday, February 28, 2020

Inane NBC variety hour “The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show” debuted on NBC in 1978. Patterned after “The Gong Show” and featured Jaye P. Morgan, this short-lived fiasco featured a quick succession of unusual acts…A record 106 million viewers tuned in to watch “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen, the two-and-one-half hour series finale of CBS’ “MASH” in 1983. The series ran for 11-seasons, producing 256 episodes in total…ABC sitcom “Coach,” starring Craig T. Nelson, opened its nine season run in 1987. A total of 200 episodes were produced. Recent talks of a revival series never moved forward…


Celebrity birthdays:
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 65; Chef Ainsley Harriott is 63.

-Did You Know?:
Bad career move: Stella Stevens was originally offered the role of Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on “MASH,” but turned it down, because she wanted to focus on her film career. That role, of course, went to two-time Emmy Award winner Loretta Swit.

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Programming Insider by Marc Berman

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Amazon Puts “Mitchcraft” in Development
Amazon has put into development ”Mitchcraft,” which is described as an “aspirational horror”(their words) series with a relationship-comedy base, where a small town fire marshal inadvertently harnesses supernatural forces and becomes a witch. It comes from “Psych” creator/executive producer Steve Franks and executive producer Chris Henze from Truline, and Brad Fuller and Andrew Form from Fully Formed Entertainment.

“Over the course of ‘Psych,’ we had the opportunity and freedom to play with different genres, worlds and themes within the confines of a procedural mystery,” Franks said. “Comedy was always the constant, but thanks to an obsessive cast and our collective reverence for stories like “The Shining,” “American Werewolf in London,” “Twin Peaks,” the “Friday the 13th” and “Halloween” franchises, among others, we often found the most joy outing funny people in incredibly dangerous and scary situations.

Quibi to Adapt Horror Series “Ice Cream Man”
Upcoming streamer Quibi, which launches on April 6, has announced that UCP, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, is producing Image Comics’ comic book series “Ice Cream Man.” Max and Adam Reid (“Sneaky Pete”) will write and serve as executive producers. Chris Bender and Jake Weiner of Good Fear Content and Jake Wagner of Alibi will executive produce.

Based on the Image Comic created by W Maxwell Prince, “Ice Cream Man” is described as a horror-fantasy anthology series presented by its omnipresent narrator, the Ice Cream Man. Weaving a dark tapestry of tales from his truck, the Ice Cream Man serves up scoops of pain and suffering to the inhabitants of one suburb town for his own malevolent amusement. “Ice Cream Man” peels back the layers of the suburban American psyche with stories that are timeless yet current, relatable yet strange, equal parts terrifying and ironic, and always end with a macabre twist.

Disney+ to Revive Animated “The Proud Family”

Disney+ has ordered a revival of the animated series “The Proud Family” which, 18 years after its Disney Channel premiere, is still remembered for its characters, stories and multilayered humor and for its messages about inclusion and cultural diversity in a smart, modern way. The new animated family sitcom “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” is currently in production at Disney Television Animation with creator/executive producer Bruce W. Smith and executive producer Ralph Farquhar, who led the original series, at the helm, reuniting them with Calvin Brown, Jr. who is co-executive producer and story editor.
The logline: Picking up the story of its central character Penny Proud, the new series will also include her madcap family: parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings BeBe and CeCe, and her grandmother Suga Mama (and Puff!). Of course, it would not be “The Proud Family” without Penny’s loyal crew Dijonay Jones, LaCienega Boulevardez and Zoey Howzer, among others.
Reprising their voice roles are: Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, Jo Marie Payton as Suga Mama, Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer and Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez. Cedric the Entertainer will also return as Uncle Bobby Proud.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Daytime Talker “Maury” Renewed Through 2022
Syndicated daytime talk show “Maury,” hosted by Maury Povich, has been renewed by NBCUniversal for two more seasons, taking it through 2022.“Like my father used to say about his marriage to my mother after 60 years, we take this one decade at a time. With the ‘Maury’ show and NBC, it’s a great marriage,” Povich said.

“It has been a blessing not only to work alongside Maury Povich for the past two decades, but with our NBCUniversal family as well,” said executive producer Paul Faulhaber. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to create more compelling, entertaining content for our loyal viewers. Their support over the years has been nothing short of extraordinary.”

For the 2019-20 season, “Maury” has an average of 1.6 million daily viewers and continues to resonate key women, men, and adult demographics with one of the youngest audiences in the daytime syndication landscape. The daytime strip is produced by Stamford Media Center Productions, the same production team behind NBCU’s “The Steve Wilkos Show,” “The Jerry Springer Show,” and “Judge Jerry.”

DIGITAL

Locast: Everything You Need to Know About the Streaming Platform Some Are Calling ‘”Aereo 2″ – Click here

SPORTS

2020 Schedule for “30 Clubs in 30 Days” on MLB Network – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

BET half-hour dramedy “Twenties” will premiere on Thursday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET. The series centers around a screenwriter, Hattie (Jonica “Jojo” T. Gibbs) and her girlfriends Marie (Christina Elmore) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham) as they pursue their dreams and love, while testing the limits of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” in Los Angeles.

Documentary “Vice Versa: Meghan Markle Escaping the Crown, will premiere on Vice TV on Tuesday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET. Produced by UK-based production company ITN, the hour-long special takes a deep dive into the rapid rise and unraveling of the Duchess of Sussex, investigating the role that the monarchy and British tabloid media have played in vilifying Britain’s first black princess. As the saga continues with Harry and Meghan’s loss of royal branding, the documentary confronts issues of race, prejudice, and obsession in a story that now threatens to upend one of the longest-running institutions in the world, featuring exclusive interviews with palace insiders and experts including William and Harry’s former butler, the American wives of the British aristocracy, and royal correspondents.

CBS and the Academy of Country Music announced that reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban will host the “55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.”  The awards show will be broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 5, live from 8-11 p.m. ET on CBS and streaming on CBS All Access. This will be Urban’s first time hosting the ACM Awards.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Netflix debuts “Followers”…Season premieres: “Altered Carbon” on Netflix; “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” on MTV; “Live PD: Wanted” on A+E…Season finale: “Love Is Blind” on Netflix; “Red Shadows” on Sundance Now; “Ex on the Beach” on MTV; “My Feet Are Killing Me” on TLC…ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and spin-off “Station 19” feature crossover episodes…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, February 27, click here