Actress Nancy Dussault (“Too Close for Comfort”) is 84; actor-director Ken Olin (“thirtysomething”) is 66; actor David Alan Grier (“In Living Color”) is 64; actor Vincent D’Onofrio (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) is 61; boxer Mike Tyson is 54; actress Monica Potter (“Parenthood”) is 49; comedian Tony Rock (Chris Rock’s brother) is 46; actress Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”) is 38; “American Idol” season three winner Fantasia Barrino is 36; Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is 35.
Did You Know?
“The Guiding Light” is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-running drama in television in American history, broadcast on CBS for 57 years (until Sept. 18, 2009), and overlapping a 19-year broadcast run on radio from 1937 to 1956…Jack Burns had the impossible task of replacing multiple Emmy Award winner Don Knotts on CBS’ “The Andy Griffith Show.” He played inept deputy sherriff in 11 appearances in the 1965-66 season after Knotts exited… Fantasia Barrino’s brother Ricco auditioned for the eight season of “American Idol” but failed to make it to the Hollywood round.
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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
E! Orders Three New Projects For the new series descriptions, click
E!, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture, boosts its programming slate greenlighting three new projects including “Celebrity Call Center,” executive produced by Nick Cannon, and “10 Things You Don’t Know,” which will air this summer. Additionally, the network announced two new series in development, including “Glamsquad Showdown” featuring Nene Leakes and Brad Goreski and “The Seven Year Stitch” hosted by Terry and Heather Dubrow.
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HBO Max Acquires Drama “David Makes Man”
Season one of OWN and Warner Horizon Scripted Television’s Peabody Award-winning series “David Makes Man,” a one-hour lyrical drama created by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”), will be available to stream on HBO Max starting July 16.
“David Makes Man” centers on David (Akili McDowell), a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied upon by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life and explores childhood trauma and the power of imagination to survive.
The ensemble cast includes Alana Arenas (“Head of Passes”), Isaiah Johnson (“Hamilton”), Ade Chike Torbert (“East Los High”), Travis Coles (“Liza on Demand”), Cayden K. Williams (“Girls Trip”), Logan McIntyre (“Magic Camp”), Jordan Bolger (“Peaky Blinders”), Phylicia Rashad (“Creed” films, “Empire,” “The Cosby Show”). Ruben Santiago-Hudson (“Lackawanna Blues,” “The Quad,” “Billions”), Elvis Nolasco (“American Crime”), Gillian Williams (“The Girlfriend Experience”), Juanita Jennings (“Star”), Liza Colon-Zayas (“Proven Innocent”), Lindsey Blackwell (“Step Sisters”), Lela Rochon, (“Training Day”), Teshi Thomas (“Raven’s Home”) and Nick Creegan all appear in recurring roles.
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Reinventing The Daytime Emmy Awards
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS this past Friday, hosted by the women of “The Talk,” had the immediate distinction of airing on a broadcast network for the first time in nine years (and on television overall since its telecast on Pop TV in 2015).
“We left network television at a time when its daytime schedule was going through a big change,” noted National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) President and CEO Adam Sharp, who credits Associated Television International (ATI) President David McKenzie and CBS’ Executive Vice President of Specials, Music & Live Events, Jack Sussman, for its return to a broadcast platform.
“We saw fewer daytime soaps on the air, more syndicated programming, and the competition diversified as a result,” he said. “It was starting to look less like the daytime of just the Big 3 networks. But we recognize the rise of OTT and streaming, and the reason for this realignment was to go back and celebrate programming on the platforms where people are watching them. This gave us sort of a packageable unit of these traditional broadcast tentpoles that are now fit for TV again.”
Along with David McKenzie, The 47th Daytime Emmy Awards telecast was also executive produced by Al Schwartz, David Martin and Jim Romanovich from ATI; and Adam Sharp and Steve Urlich from NATAS, and is now also available for streaming on CBS All Access, the digital arm of CBS, CBS.com and the CBS app for 30 days. For more, click here
New CBS competition series “Tough As Nails,” hosted by Phil Keoghan, debuts on Wednesday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET. Competitors will be tested for their strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness in challenges that take place in the real world. In the series premiere, 12 hard-working Americans take on navigating a wheel barrow and test their brick-laying skills to win the opportunity to choose their teams.
EPIX will premiere season one of UK fantasy drama “Britannia” on Sunday, August 2. Immediately after, EPIX will exclusively debut season two for U.S. audiences on Sunday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET, and will be the exclusive U.S. home to season three, which is currently in production. Produced by Vertigo Films in association with Neal Street Productions and Sky Studios, “Britania” is described as a genre-bending, psychedelic tale of clashing faith systems, torn apart families, mystic men, powerful women, all told with humor, heart and violence. Set in 43 A.D., the first season follows the Roman invasion of Britain when the country ruled by the powerful Druids and warrior queens.
“Marrying Millions” will return for a second season on Lifetime on Wednesday, August 5 at 10 p.m. ET. From the creators of “90 Day Fiance,” the series follows relationships where one partner is wealthy and the other is not, leading the couple to face scrutiny from family and friends and questions about where it’s true love…or true love of the money and the lavish lifestyles.