Tuesday, December 17, 2019
ON THIS DAY
The ABC daytime serial “One Life to Live,“ which debuted on July 15, 1968, aired its 6,000th telecast in 1991. It concluded on January 13, 2012 and was briefly revived digitally in 2013…On the NBC sitcom “Sanford and Son” in 1976, Fred (Redd Foxx), Lamont (Demond Wilson) and Bubba (Don Bexley) appeared on “The Gong Show”…
Former Ultimate Fighting champion Chuck Liddell is 50;
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) is 45;
Milla Jovovich (“The Fifth Element”) is 44.
Did You Know?
“Sanford and Son” spun-off three NBC sitcoms, and they were all short-lived. “Grady,“ starring Whitman Mayo, aired in the 1975-76 season. “The Sanford Arms” was a continuation of “Sanford and Son” (without Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson). It ran in the fall of 1977. And “Sanford” marked Redd Foxx’s return (without Demond Wilson). It ran for two half seasons from 1980-81.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
HBO Max Orders Dating Series “12 Days of Christmas”
Upcoming streamer HBO Max has greenlit “12 Days of Christmas,” a holiday-inspired dating series set in a winter wonderland. The series, set to debut next year, will follow a cast of singles as they step into a real-life romantic comedy full of cozy sweaters, fireside cuddles, and mistletoe kisses, all arranged to help these souls find love – just in time for the holidays.
The logline: Their romantic journey begins at a picturesque Christmas castle, where the prospective couples will enjoy festive holiday traditions like ice skating, sleigh rides, and hot toddies after a fun day in the snow. Like all great rom coms, their path to love won’t be easy – filled with unexpected twists and turns, the singles will ultimately choose a special someone to take home for the holidays, with the hope of a perfect Christmas ending.
“12 Days of Christmas” is produced by Objective Media Group America, an All3Media America company with Jilly Pearce and Layla Smith serving as Executive Producers. The show was created by Michael Beilinson, with Sam Dean as showrunner ansd executive producer, and Suzy Ratner as co-executive producer.
Syfy Wire Acquires Docuseries “Looking for Leia”
Syfy will offer all seven episodes of short-form “Star Wars”-themed docuseries “Looking for Leia” for its linear and digital platforms. From independent filmmaker Annalise Ophelian and her production company Floating Ophelia, each 10 to 15 minute installment tells the stories of women as well as non-binary fans who have been forever changed by the “Star Wars” franchise. It makes its multiplatform debut on Saturday, December 21.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
CBS All Access Renews “Star Trek: Picard” for Season 2
Streamer CBS All Access has greenlit the latest series in the “Star Trek” franchise, “Star Trek: Picard,” before its official launch. In the series, which officially bows with one episode per week on Thursday, January 23, Sir Patrick Stewart is reprising his role of Jean-Luc Picard, the former captain of the USS Stargazer and both models of the USS Enterprise, for the first time since “Star Trek: Nemesis” in 2002.
The series will also see the return of other Star Trek actors including Brent Spiner as Data, Jonathan Del Arco as Hugh the Borg, and “Star Trek: Voyager‘s” Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, along with Marina Sirtis as Commander Deanna Troi and Jonathan Frakes as Riker.
Ten new episodes are expected in this confirmed second season of “Star Trek: Picard.”
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2019 NFL Regular Season Week 16 TV and Announcer Schedule
TLC docuseries “My Feet Are Killing Me,” which features expert podiatrists and surgeons, will launch on Thursday, January 2 at 10 p.m. ET. Each hour-long episode follows three patients – who after years, if not decades of neglect – hopelessly turn to Dr. Ebonie and Dr. Brad to fix their unusual foot conditions so they may reclaim their lives and confidence. The gripping personal stories featured will include: a paranormal romance novelist who hopes to get her unwieldy and unsightly sixth toe amputated; an athlete with two dramatically different sized feet; a former professional dancer with a bunion so big she can hardly walk; a man suffering from Proteus syndrome, or the Elephant Man’s Disease which has left him with gigantic feet; a patient with a double big toe; a nudist with severe fungus; and a toddler born with 12 toes.
“The Voice” ends its fall season on NBC…Season finales: “Chopped Junior” on Food; “Fixer to Fabulous” on HGTV; “The Purge” and “Treadstone” on USA; “Real Housewives of Orange County” on Bravo; “Ambitions” on OWN; “Ink Master” on Paramount; “The Misery Index” on TBS…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, December 17 click here