ON THIS DAY – Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Children’s program “Small Fry Club” began its four season run on the Dumont Network in 1947…Curtis Jackson (Erik Kilpatrick) was shot and killed while witnessing a liquor store robbery on CBS high drama “The White Shadow” in 1980…Long-running crime docudrama “Cops” opened in 1989. After 25 seasons on Fox, “Cops” in 2013 moved to cable network Spike TV (now known as Paramount Network)…
Celebrity birthdays: “ER” star Alex Kingston is 57; “Empire” star Terrence Howard is 51; Thora Birch (“American Beauty”) is 38.
-Did You Know?:
Three seasons after “The White Shadow” concluded, Byron Stewart as high school student Warren Coolidge ended as an orderly on NBC medical dramedy “St. Elsewhere.” Both were from Bruce Paltrow and he appeared sporadically from 1984 to 1988. In one scene made reference to Mario “Salami” Pettrino from “The White Shadow” when Timothy Van Patten guest starred as a character named Dean. There was never any explanation of how Coolidge ended up moving from Los Angeles to Boston.
Live+3 Day Data
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National Ratings in Syndication: Week of February 24, 2018
Top 10 in Households
Judge Judy (CBS Television Distribution) 6.6 AA (average audience) rating
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4
Family Feud (Twentieth) 6.3
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1
The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros) 3.2
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.8
Last Man Standing (Twentieth) 2.2
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.1
EW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
AMC Greenlights Animated Drama “Pantheon”
AMC has given a two-season order to “Pantheon,” a one-hour animated drama based on a series of short stories by Ken Liu about Uploaded Intelligence, or, human consciousness uploaded to the ‘cloud.’ In its first season, “Pantheon” will focus on Maddie, a bullied teen who receives mysterious help from someone online. The stranger is soon revealed to be her recently deceased father, David, whose consciousness has been uploaded to the Cloud following an experimental destructive brain scan. David is the first of a new kind of being: an “Uploaded Intelligence” or “UI”, but he will not be the last, as a global conspiracy unfolds that threatens to trigger a new kind of world war.
Craig Silverstein (“Turn,” “Nikita,” “Terra Nova”) will serve as the writer/creator and showrunner for “Pantheon,” Ken Liu will serve as a consulting producer and the independent Emmy-award winning animation production company, Titmouse is also attached. Produced by AMC Studios, AMC has placed an initial order for two seasons of the speculative fiction series, consisting of eight one-hour episodes each.
HGTV Orders “Celebrity IOU” with Drew and Jonathan Scott
HGTV has greenlit a new home renovation series with Drew and Jonathan Scott called “Celebrity IOU.” In each episode, participating celebrities (including Brad Pitt, Rebel Wilson, Viola Davis, and Melissa McCarthy (share an authentic, inside look into their personal lives and get hands-on with Drew and Jonathan to imagine a design plan and create a beautifully customized space that rewards mentors, friends and family members. Throughout the season, the brothers travel across the country to help create stunning new spaces on tight timelines. The projects include converting a detached garage into a gorgeous yet functional guest retreat, overhauling a lackluster backyard into an entertainer’s dream, and taking a condo from its outdated ‘70s style to a modern, cozy home perfect for family gatherings.
“From ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ to the very exciting, upcoming ‘Home Town Takeover,’ HGTV is having success with series that celebrate the power of human connection,” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. “The wonderful thing about ‘Celebrity IOU’ is that it is about personal acts of kindness and thanks. We all want to find ways to help the people who are always there for us when we need them.”
HBO Max Orders Docuseries “Wahl Street”
Upcoming streamer HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of a documentary series called “Wahl Street,” featuring Mark Wahlberg as he juggles the demands of a rigorous film schedule coupled with an ever-growing network of diverse businesses. Along the way, viewers will learn about his successes and failures and glean powerful business and life lessons while also getting to know the cast of colorful characters that make up Wahlberg’s real-life entourage. The series began production in December.
The logline: Each episode of “Wahl Street” will follow Wahlberg as he navigates his expansive business portfolio, spanning all sectors of commerce ranging from a line of activewear, all-natural, high-performance sports nutrition supplements, television and film production companies, and even a Chevrolet dealership. Each episode will include a diverse group of entrepreneurs and inventors pitching Wahlberg a litany of new opportunities, eager to have Wahlberg endorse or invest in their ideas.
Netflix to Adapt “Call Your Daughter Home”
Netflix is developing “Call Your Daughter Home” by Deb Spera as a potential series . Spera will write the screen adaptation of her own book.
The logline: The story is set in 1924 South Carolina and follows three women who have come to a crossroads. The three women seemingly have nothing in common, yet as they unite to stand up to injustices that have long plagued the small town, they find strength in the bond that ties women together. Told in the voices of Gertrude, Retta, and Annie, Call Your Daughter Home is a story about the power of family, community, and ferocity of motherhood.
Spera is also a playwright; she co-wrote “On the Road to Kitty Hawk,” which premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Quibi Orders New Competition Series “Squeaky Clean”
Upcoming short-form Quibi has announced “Squeaky Clean” (working title), an eight episode cleaning and organization competition series produced by Authentic Entertainment and Shine TV, both part of the Endemol Shine Group.
The logline: Three dirt-obsessed contestants over two competitive rounds (“The Scrub” and “The Shining”). Taking place on the shiniest-floor studio in competition history, contestants will clean against each other – with the winner of each episode determined by a signature white glove and blacklight test. Sometimes cleaning is serious business.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“Descendants Remix Dance Party: A Disney Channel Music Event,“ will premiere on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Hosted by Cheyenne Jackson from “Descendants 3,” the half-hour will feature musical performances of reimagined hits from the “Descendants” movies.
HBO six part limited series “The Undoing,“ starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, will debut on Sunday, May 10. The series follows Grace and Jonathan Fraser (Kidman and Grant) who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child (Noah Jupe) and her family.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Amazon debuts documentary “The Test”…Series debuts: “Dirty Money” and “On the Block” on Netflix…ABC Offers a full night of “Modern Family” repeats…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, March 11, click here