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Britbox Passes the 1-Million Subscriber Mark; Starz Cancels Sci-Fi Drama “The Rook”

ON THIS DAY – March 5, 2020
The 1933 theatrical “King Kong” premiered on U.S. television in 1956…Docuseries “The Osbournes,” featuring  OzzySharonKelly and Jack Osbourne, debuted on MTV in 2002. It aired for three seasons and the first season was the most-watched series ever in the cable net…

Celebrity Birthdays: Religious leader Joel Olsteen is 57; Actress Eve Mendes (“Training Day”) is 46.

-Did You Know?:
There is a third Osbourne sibling, Aimee, who chose not to appear on the program. Each of the four Osbournes on camera received $20,000 per episode in the first season’s 10-episode run. By season two, Sharon negotiated a reported $5 million for each family member for the season.

RATINGS BOX
 
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Source: Nielsen Media Research

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Netflix and UN Women Launch “Because She Watched” Themed Programming Netflix and UN Women have launched “Because She Watched” – a special Netflix collection of series, documentaries, and films to celebrate International Women’s Day. The collection, which will be available all year, is curated by female creators from behind and in front of the camera – including Sophia Loren, Janet Mock, Salma Hayek, Yalitza Aparicio, Millie Bobby Brown, Laurie Nunn, Lana Condor, Petra Costa and Ava DuVernay.

Created for International Women’s Day, whose official theme this year is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights,” the collection celebrates the stories that have inspired the women who inspire us. These series, films and documentaries – “Unbelievable,” “Luna Nera” and “Followers to Orange Is the New Black,” “Lionheart” and “Sex Education” – have started important, often hard, conversations that have helped to challenge the way we see the world.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Starz Cancels Sci-Fi Drama “The Rook”
Starz has opted against a second season of sci-fi drama “The Rook,” which starred Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson and Olivia Munn. Loosely based on the 2012 novel by Daniel O’Malley, “The Rook” followed Greenwell’s Myfanwy, an agent who works for a super-secret branch of the British government that handles matters of Extreme Variant Abilities. Myfanwy awoke in the series premiere without any knowledge of who she was (or what she could do), and spent much of the first season trying to figure out which of her contemporaries was plotting to kill her.

Eight episodes of “The Rook” were produced in total.

TV UPDATES

Britbox Passes the 1-Million Subscriber Mark

BritBox, the digital video subscription service from BBC Studios and ITV that offers a collection of British TV in the US and Canada, has surpassed one million paid subscribers in North America. Since July, BritBox has added over 350000 subscribers. It launched in March 2017.
In the last year Britbox has acquired such dramas as “Vera, ” Death In Paradise,” “Shetland,” “MI-5″ and upcoming Father Brown.”

A&E Announces Three New Country Music Projects
A&E Network will premiere three new country music projects celebrating country music icons Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers with specials premiering this spring. “Willie Nelson: American Outlaw,” which premirees Sunday, April 12 at 10 p.m.,pays tribute to Nelson’s seven-decade long career through emotional performances, interviews and behind the scenes concert footage. “Biography: Dolly” premieres Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m.and explores the life and five-decade career of the songwriter and performer who has influenced generations of country and pop artists. “Biography: Kenny Rogers” debuts Monday, April 13 at 9 p.m. ETand follows Rogers’ journey to country singer, actor, and pop-culture icon.

Casting News
EPIX announced today that Emily Hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek”) has been cast as the co-lead opposite Adrien Brody in the upcoming 10-episode drama series “Chapelwaite.” Set in the 1850s, the series follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody), who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations.

SPORTS

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes” will return on Oxygen on Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. ET. Holes is best known as the retired cold case investigator whose work was instrumental in identifying a suspect in the Golden State Killer case.

Upcoming CW drama “Stargirl,” which follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past, will debut on Tuesday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET.

Also on The CW, “The 100” opens its new season on Wednesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET. And drama “In the Dark” returns on Thursday, May 28 at 9 p.m. ET

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Devs” on Hulu; “Idiomatic” on Sundance Now; “Busch Family Brewed” on MTV; “Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa; “Vegas Chef Prizefight“…Season premieres: “Castlevania” on Netflix; “Kevin Hart: What the Fit” on YouTube; “Better Things” on FX…Season finales: “Impractical Jokers” on truTV; “Growing Up Hip Hop” on WE; “Growin-ish” on Fr…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, March 5, click here