ON THIS DAY
“Moonlighting” with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis debuted on ABC in 1985. A combination of comedy, drama, mystery and romance, it is the R word in this descriptor that actually helped put ABC’s “Moonlighting” out of commission. We all remember what happened after Cybill Shepherd as Madeline (“Maddie”) Hayes and Bruce Willis as David Addison, who worked together at Maddie’s Blue Moon Detective Agency, took their relationship one step further. And, yes, we all know those two did not exactly like each other in real life…ABC’s reality showcase “That’s Incredible!, hosted by John Davidson, Fran Tarkenton and Cathy Lee Crosby, debuted in 1980. The series, no doubt, was a result of NBC’s “Real People”…”Matlock“, starring Andy Griffith, premiered as a TV movie on NBC in 1986…Short-lived CBS adventure series “Spies,” starring George Hamilton, premiered in 1987… MTV’s animated “Daria” and Fox’s short-lived sitcom “Pauly,” starring Pauly Shore, both debuted in 1997…
Celebrity birthdays: “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen is 50; actress Jessica Biel is 38.
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At the time, “Moonlighting” was the most expensive TV series on the air, at an average cost of $1.6 million per episode. Part of that high cost was the 12 to 14 days it took to shoot each episode (as opposed to the usual one week) due to the extensive dialogue (two or more characters often talked at length simultaneously) and constant shooting delays. But ABC owned the series, which meant it could recoup some of the high cost.
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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Quibi Announces Documentary Series “How Me Met”
Upcoming streamer Quibi, which launches on April 6th, has ordered a documentary series tentatively titled “How We Met” from filmmakers Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin. Featuring ordinary people, the series explores the complicated nature of love, romance and the human connection. Each episode features a couple sharing their remarkable origin story and how those events have profoundly shaped their relationship and their lives.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
CBS Suspends Production of “The Amazing Race”
CBS has temporarily shut down production of the upcoming 33rd edition of Emmy winning “The Amazing Race” amid the increasing number of cases of coronavirus worldwide. The move was made “out of an abundance of caution,” as the respiratory virus has not impacted anyone directly involved with the show.
“All contestants and production staff are in the process of returning home,” the network said in a statement. “At this time, no racers or anyone on the production team travelling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it. Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home. The health and well-being of the racers and the production team are our top priorities.
The 33rd season of the global unscripted competition series was only a couple of weeks into production. Three episodes had been filmed thus far, according to a source, and the contestants had visited England and Scotland prior to the suspension of the production. Season 32, the upcoming season, has already been filmed and completed, though it does not yet have a premiere date.
No new production start date for Season 33 has been announced.
“Inside the Actor’s Studio” Host James Lipton Dies at 93
James Lipton, who is remembered for hosting Bravo interview series “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” lost his battle with bladder cancer yesterday. He was 93.
Born in Detroit on September 19, 1926, Lipton moved to New York City to study acting after leaving the Air Force. He took on a number of roles since his career began in the 1950s, including actor, writer and producer. And worked both on Broadway and as a writer and actor for daytime drama “Guiding Light.”
But Lipton, who studied performing arts for 12 years, was best known for his role in the creation of “Inside the Actors Studio” in 1994. Lipton served as host for 22 seasons and interviewed scores of world-renowned actors and directors as part of the Actors Studio Drama School. Notable guests on the show include Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Elton John, Billy Joel, Robin Williams, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Steven Spielberg.
Lipton retired from the series in 2018, 24 years after its original release. When “Inside The Actor’s Studio” switched from Bravo to Ovation in 2019, Lipton was replaced with a rotating selection of guest hosts.
‘”It’s very gratifying to see the legacy of ‘Inside the Actors Studio; being carried forward for a new generation to appreciate and enjoy,” Lipton said at the time. “I made a vow early on that we would not deal in gossip — only in craft, and Ovation, as a network dedicated to the arts, will continue that tradition with the next seasons of the series.”
Chris Matthews Out at MSNBC
Political talk show host Chris Matthews has announced his “retirement” from MSNBC after a series of recent controversies on and off the ai. He made the announcement on last night’s edition “Hardball,” the cable news show he has hosted for more than 20 years. That was his final broadcast.”
Let me start with my headline tonight: I’m retiring. This is the last ‘Hardball’ on MSNBC,” Matthews said at the start of his show. “And obviously, this isn’t for the lack of interest in politics. As you can tell, I loved every minute of my 20 years as host of ‘Hardball.’ Every morning I read the papers and I’m gung-ho to get to work. Not many people have had this privilege. I loved working with my producers and our discussions we’d have on how we report the news. And I love having this connection with you, the people who watch.”
Matthews, 74, has been a staple of MSNBC’s political coverage almost since the cable channel launched in the mid 1990s. But he has garnered recent negative feedback for comparing the Bernie Sanders campaign to the Nazis, for misidentifying an African American politician, and for allegedly making sexist comments to a guest. Last week GQ columnist Laura Bassett accused Matthews of making sexist remarks about the way she was dressed when she was a guest on “Hardball” in 2016.
Last Friday night, he mixed up Lindsey Graham’s primary opponent Jaime Harrison with Graham’s Republican Senate colleague Tim Scott. And when Sanders took an early lead in the Nevada caucuses last month, Matthews likened the moment to Nazi Germany invading France during World War II.
There is no news at present who MSNBC will replace Chris Matthews with.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Season two of Vice TV’s “Dark Side of the Ring,” which lifts the veil on wrestling’s most controversial stories, will premiere on Tuesday, March 24 at 9 p.m. ET. The series, produced by Vice Studios, will air weekly on Tuesdays at 10:00pm ET. The logline: The series ventures even deeper into wrestling’s shrouded past, revealing the brutal and often tragic consequences of a life lived in the squared circle. Wrestling icon Chris Jericho narrates.
The new season of “Fast N’ Loud” will open on Discovery Channel on Monday, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: With builds bigger than ever before, Richard Rawlings’ team wrestles with intricate projects, impossible deadlines and demanding standards while Gas Monkey Garage solidifies its elite status in the hotrod world. Throughout the season, Richard, Russell J. Holmes and the crew push the boundaries on some of the most complex builds the garage has ever taken on.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Coverage and analysis of the Super Tuesday primary results airs on ABC, CBS and NBC…“Empire” returns on Fox..Discovery launches “Master Distiller”For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, March 3, click here