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Disney+ and Fox Announce Series Renewals; NBC to Conclude Production on “Bluff City Law”

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

Monday, October 21, 2019

ON THIS DAY
CBS anthology series “Climax!” presented the first screen adaptation of an Ian Fleming James Bond novel in 1954. The novel was “Casino Royale,” Fleming’s first published work, and James Bond was played by Barry Nelson. In the live “Climax!” adaptation, Bond is an American agent working for “Combined Intelligence,” and is frequently referred to as “Jimmy”…

Celebrity Birthdays:

“The Honeymooners” star Joyce Randolph is 95;
Judge Judy Sheindlin is 77;
Kim Kardashian is 39.

Did You Know?
Joyce Randolph was not the first actress to play Thelma “Trixie” Norton.  Elaine Stritch originated the role in a “Honeymooners” sketch opposite Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Pert Kelton on “Cavalcade of Stars, hosted by Gleason, on the DuMont network.  The character of Trixie was originally a burlesque dancer, but the role became more wholesome once Randolph stepped in.

RATINGS BOX                                                           

Live+3 Day Data – Week of 10/07/19 – Click here

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Source: Nielsen Media Research.

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

HBO Max Picks Up “Expecting Amy”
Upcoming streamer HBO Max has greenlit a documentary series from comedian Amy Schumer called tentatively titled “Expecting Amy.” The logline: The unfiltered documentary shows the struggle, strength and ambition that has made Schumer one of the singular comic voices of all time. It takes viewers behind-the-scenes as Schumer goes through an extraordinarily difficult pregnancy while touring to prepare for a stand-up special. From hospitalizations to going out in front of a crowd of thousands, to quiet moments at home with her family, Schumer shares it all.

Beginning the day she found out she was pregnant, through the birth of her child, she showcases her incredible journey on the road, revealing just how challenging it can be working night after night, week after week, with no regrets or excuses. “Expecting Amy” offers a hilarious and raw 360 degree look at this new stage of her life. With her family and colleagues along for the ride to support her and keep her sane and balanced, she does it all with perseverance, heart and the priceless sense of humor she’s known for.

Produced by Schumer, “Expecting Amy” is being edited by Alexander Hammer, who previously edited “Homecoming” for Beyoncé.

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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

NBC’s “Bluff City Law” to Stop Production After 10 Episodes
NBC has not officially canceled freshman legal drama “Bluff City Law.” But the network has opted against ordering any new episodes past the initial 10 and will determine its future at a later time. In other words, do not anticipate a second season for “Bluff City Law.”

“Bluff City Law” follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis firm that specializes in the most controversial landmark civil rights cases. Led by legendary lawyer Elijah Strait (Jimmy Smits) and his brilliant daughter, Sydney Keller (Caitlin McGee), they take on the toughest David-and-Goliath cases while navigating their complicated relationship.

New of “Bluff City Law” ending production comes on the heels of NBC canceling sitcom “Sunnyside.”

Fox Renews Animated “Bless The Harts” for Season 2
Fox has greenlit animated comedy “Bless the Harts” for season two with an unconfirmed number of new episodes. From creator and executive producer Emily Spivey, and executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, “Bless the Harts” features the voices of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz and Kumail Nanjiani.

In the series, Jenny Hart (Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids,” “Saturday Night Live”) is a single mother supporting her family working as a waitress in the small town of Greenpoint, NC.  While Jenny’s the head of her family, she’s often at odds with, or scheming with, her lottery scratcher-obsessed mother, Betty (Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place,” “Bridesmaids”), and her witty, creative daughter, Violet (Jillian Bell, “Workaholics,” “Fist Fight”). Jenny’s doting, eternal optimist boyfriend of 10 years, Wayne Edwards (Ike Barinholtz, “Neighbors”), is the love of her life and a surrogate father to Violet. He’s a charming dreamer who may never hit the big time, but he’s not going to give up the fight. Jenny’s even got a bit of divine power in her corner, as Jesus (Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick”) regularly appears to her while she waits tables at neighborhood restaurant The Last Supper. In the end, the Harts may not have much, but they may just have everything they need.

“Bless The Harts” is a co-production of Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television.

Disney+ Renews “High School Musical” Series
Upcoming streamer Disney+ has issued a second season to “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” before its season one premiere. Production on season two will resume early next year in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Created and executive-produced by Tim Federle and set at East High, the series follows a group of students putting on a stage production of the “High School Musical” movie. The 10-episode series, shot documentary style, will follow the students mounting the HSM production from auditions to opening night. Along the way, they experience budding romances, faltering friendships and fierce rivalries, along with the transformative power of high school theater.

The cast iincludes Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Renee’, Frankie A. Rodriguez, Mark St. Cyr and Kate Reinders.

TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES

Hulu Acquires “The Unsettling” Horror Series
Hulu is now streaming the AwesomenessTV horror series “The Unsettling.” The series, created by Andrew Jacobsen and Adam Epstein and directed by Chris Grismer, follows 16-year-old Becca as she arrives at her new foster home located in a remote area. Her foster siblings are less than welcoming, none more so than the 11-year-old biological son of Becca’s new foster parents.

Holly Taylor stars as Becca, with the rest of the cast featuring Tequan Richmond, An Li Bogan, Willow Shields, Alex Lange, Noah Grismer, Marguerite Moreau and David Rogers. “The Unsettling” is executive produced by Shelley Zimmerman, Rebecca Glashow, Brin Lukens, for AwesomenessTV.

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SPORTS

2019 MLB Postseason TV Schedule on Fox, FS1 and TBS
For the baseball  playoff baseball schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers (all times Eastern; subject to change), click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
HBO will premiere drama “The Outsider,” based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, with two episodes on Sunday, January 12, 2020 beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The 10-episode series follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Could You Survive the Movies” – part 1 (YouTube); “Rock the Block” on HGTV; “Catherine the Great” on HBO…“Twisted Sisters” concludes for the season on ID…The 5 broadcast networks are in all originals…For the listing of available programs for Monday, October 21 click here