TODAY IN TV HISTORY
The original version of “Jeopardy!,” hosted by Art Fleming, debuted on NBC in daytime in 1964…NBC daytime drama “Somerset,“ which was spun-off from “Another World,“ began its six season run in 1970…Short-lived variety hour “3 Girls 3,“ featuring then newcomers Debbie Allen, Ellen Foley and Mimi Kennedy, opened in 1977…In 1978, Ellen Corby returned to CBS family drama “The Waltons” after a year-and-a-half absence due to Corby’s real-life stroke. But her reunion with beloved hubby Zeb (Will Geer) was short-lived. Geer died that summer at the age of 76…”CBS Storybreak,” a Saturday morning anthology series hosted by Bob Keeshan (aka Captain Kangaroo), began on CBS in 1985. It aired for three seasons...Jim Henson’s “Fraggle Rock,“ featuring the Muppets, concluded on HBO in 1987…The revival of variety-themed “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,“ hosted by Tom and Dick Smothers, opened in 1988. Jack Lemmon, Harry Belafonte, Pat Paulsen, Andrea Martin and “SNL’s” Father Guido Sarducci were the first guests. It lasted one season…CBS sitcom “The Bagdad Café,“ based on the movie of the same name, debuted in 1990. It aired for two half seasons and starred Whoopi Goldberg and Jean Stapleton…Also in 1990 was the box office opening of the live action “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”…“The Silence of the Lambs” was named Best Picture at the “64th Annual Academy Awards” in 1992. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster also took home statuettes for Best Actor and Actress, respectively…“A Walton Easter,” the final television movie featuring the cast of “The Waltons,“ aired on CBS in 1997...Craig Kilborn took over as host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” in 1999. Bill Murray was his first guest.
Celebrity Birthdays: Game host Peter Marshall (“The Hollywood Squares”) is 94; “The Addams Family” star John Astin is 90; Oscar winner Warren Beatty is 83; Singer and guitarist Eric Clapton is 75; “Mad About You” star Paul Reiser is 64; rapper MC Hammer is 58; Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills, 90210) is 56; Piers Morgan (“America’s Got Talent”) is 55; Celine Dion is 52; actor Mark Consuelos (“All My Children”) is 49; actress Katy Mixon (“American Housewife”) is 39.
-Did You Know?:
Ellen Corby was present in about half of the season 7 episodes of “The Waltons” following her return. But she only appeared in two episodes in season 8, and did not participate in season nine. She did, however, make cameo appearances in all six of “The Waltons” follow-up movies (three on NBC in 1982, and three on CBS: 1993, 1995 and 1997.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Netflix Renews Animated “Castlevania” for Season Four
Netflix has greenlit animated “Castlevania” for a fourth season less than one month after its current third season opened. Debuting on July 7, 2017, the series was originally planned as a film developed by producer Kevin Kolde and his company Project 51. Ultimately, the first two seasons adapted the 1989 entry “Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse” and followed Trevor Belmont, Alucard and Sypha Belnades as they defended the nation of Wallachia from Dracula and his minions.
The number of new episodes of “Castlevania” has not been confirmed, but the current season order is for 10. There is no word on where the story will go from season three.
“All My Children” Star John Callahan at 66
Actor John Callahan, who is remembered for his 1992 to 2005 role as Edmund Grey on ABC daytime drama “All My Children, died from a massive stroke at his home in Palm Desert, California on Sunday. He was 66.
“May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever,” wrote his ex-wife Eva LaRue on Instagram. “I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest fan.”
Born on Dec. 23, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, Callahan landed his first television guest role in an episode of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (which was based on the theatrical of the same name). Fore more, click here
NBC Schedules Tuesday 10 p.m. ET News Hour
Effective tomorrow, and for three weeks, NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic, will be featured in the Tuesday 10 p.m. ET on NBC, MSNBC and streaming outlet NBC News Now. The current time period occupant, medical drama “New Amsterdam,” will air at 9 p.m. in place of “This Is Us” (which concluded its season last week).
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
CBS special “Garth & Trisha Live!,“ featuring husband and wife Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, will air this Wednesday, April 1 in the 9 p.m. ET hour. The logline: In the special, Brooks and Yearwood will perform live from their home recording studio, Studio G, providing an intimate concert for viewers looking for the comfort and shared joy of music during this difficult time. They will bring their unique blend of casual style, remarkable chemistry and shared love of music to a television audience, emphasizing the message that “we’re all in this together.”
PBS will premiere two-part, four-hour documentary “Ken Burns Presents The Gene: An Intimate History,“ based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book of the same name, on Tuesday, April 7 from 8-10 p.m. ET. The second part will air one week later on April 14. The film airs at a critical moment for the scientific community, as geneticists around the world wrestle with the ethical implications of new technologies that offer both promise and peril.
ABC will air the season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy,“ now the longest-running scripted medical drama in television history, on Thursday, April 9th. In this installment, Link (Chris Carmack) tries to convince Amelia to take it easy during the final stage of her pregnancy. Hayes (Cormack FLood) asks Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) a surprising question, and Owen (Kevin McKidd) makes a shocking discovery.
“Deadly Cults” will open season two on Oxygen on Sunday, April 26 at 7 p.m. ET. The series recounts the horrific homicide cases where cult leaders executed manipulative control to sway followers within the group to kill. In the season premiere episode titled “Spiritual Warriors,” police must determine if the deaths of three obedient followers who die during an intense sweat lodge ceremony were accidental or if they were pushed too far by a prominent self-help guru.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Three Busy Debras” and “Beef House” on Adult Swim; “Driven” on Discovery; “Almost Paradise” on WGN…“Fast N’ Loud” opens new season on Discovery…In the specials department: “Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special” on CBS…For the listing of available programs for Monday, March 30, click here