Monday, July 6, 2020
This Day in History
ABC sitcom “Room For Two,“ starring Linda Lavin and Patricia Heaton (pre-“Everybody Loves Raymond”) concluded after one-and-one half seasons in 1993. A total of 26 episodes were produced, but the last two never aired…A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million in 2000 for the unauthorized use of his name in the comic book “Spawn” and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello comedy “The Naughty Nineties” was released in theaters in 1945. It featured the longest version of their “Who’s on First” routine…“Jetsons: The Movie,“ based on the classic Hanna-Barbera film of the same name, opened in 1990…“Forrest Gump,“ starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise, was released in 1994.
President George W. Bush is 74; Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky,” “Rambo) is also 73; rapper 50 Cent is 45; “Sister, Sister” stars Tia and Tamera Mowry are 42; comedian Kevin Hart is 41.
Did You Know?
“Jetsons: The Movie” marked the film debut of Brad Garrett, who voiced a character named Bernie Furbelow…The original version of “The Jetsons” was the first show on ABC to be produced in color…ABC’s “Room For Two” featured Patricia Heaton as Jill Kurland, an executive producer of a fictional New York City television show called “Wake Up, New York.” The show focused on Jill’s relationship with her mother Edie from Ohio (Linda Lavin) who joined Jill’s show as a result of her humorous and misplaced opinions and criticisms…Tom Hanks won his second Academy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for “Forrest Gump” in 1995, which was just one year after winning for drama “Philadelphia.“
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Amazon Orders “Fallout” TV Series Based on the Video Game
Amazon is turning video-game series “Fallout” into a scripted TV series of the same name. The “Fallout” series, which was launched by Interplay Entertainment in 1997 and is now developed by Bethesda Game Studios, takes place in a post-nuclear apocalypse America.
Amazon’s upcoming series will be made by Kilter Films, a production company run by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the showrunners behind HBO’s “Westworld.”
“Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time,” said Joy and Nolan in a statement regarding the announcement. “Each chapter of this insanely imaginative story has cost us countless hours we could have spent with family and friends. So we’re incredibly excited to partner with Todd Howard and the rest of the brilliant lunatics at Bethesda to bring this massive, subversive, and darkly funny universe to life with Amazon Studios.
“Fallout” is expected to debut on Amazon Prime in 2021.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
Fox to Shoot All Previously Ordered Pilots
Fox has extended the options for all six pilots orders prior to the production shutdown from coronavirus (including single-camera comedies “Pivoting” and “This Country,” as well as dramas “The Big Leap,” “Blood Relative,” “The Cleaning Lady” and an untitled drama that follows kids attempting to make a shotfor-shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s “The Goonies.” There is still, however, no timeline set to begin production on the pilots amid COVID-19.
If ordered to series, these six pilots — which are all co-productions between Fox Entertainment and their respective studios — would join a lineup of new shows at Fox that includes Mayim Bialik-led comedy “Call Me Kat,” Nick Offerman and Jenny Slate’s animated series “The Great North,” and “Housebroken,” another adult cartoon, featuring the voice of Lisa Kudrow, which are all set to debut at midseason.
ViacomCBS and DISH Announce Carriage Agreement
ViacomCBS and DISH Network Corporation announced a multi-year renewal of their carriage agreement to continue delivering ViacomCBS’s portfolio of broadcast, entertainment, news and sports networks to DISH and SLING TV customers. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“The Greatest #AtHome Videos,” hosted by “The Neighborhood” star Cedric the Entertainer, will return for four new episodes beginning Friday, July 24. The logline: The specials will celebrate the latest crop of home videos that reflect the creativity, humor and humanity that have emerged from our shared experiences over the past few months. The first special in the series aired in May.
“License To Kill,” hosted by Dr. Terry Dubrow, will open season two on Oxygen on Saturday, August 8 at 6 p.m. ET. Each one-hour episode is told from the perspective of victims, families, colleagues, and law enforcement, and exposes what happens when the hands that should heal are used to cause harm on vulnerable patients seeking medical attention.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
HGTV debuts “Making It Home With Kortney & Dave”…Season premieres: “Love & Listings” on VH1; “Your Worst Nightmare” on ID…Season finales: “Betrayed” on ID; “Good Eats” on Cooking…E! offers special “Celebrity Game Face”…For the listing of available programs for Monday, July 6, click here