ON THIS DAY – Thursday, March 26, 2020 Robert Young made his debut as Dr. Marcus Welby in the ABC pilot made-for television movie, “A Matter of Humanities” in 1969. ”Marcus Welby, M.D.”debuted on Sept. 23, 1969 and ran for seven seasons…William Conrad was first seen as Detective Frank Cannon on CBS in 1971, also in a TV movie…CBS daytime serial “The Young and the Restless” launched in 1973…Also in 1973 was the debut of daytime game show “The $10,000 Pyramid” on CBS. The first two celebrity guests competing were Rob Reiner and June Lockhart (who turns 95 in June)…“Capital,“ another CBS daytime soap, was previewed in primetime in 1982. It debuted the following Monday in daytime and ran for five seasons…“Dynasty” spinoff “The Colbys” concluded its two season run in 1987…NBC time traveling drama “Quantum Leap,“ which emphasized the young adult demos and not the size of the audience watching (which was not all that impressive), began its five season run on NBC in 1989. Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell starred…Tom Snyder made his final appearance as host of CBS’ “Late Late Show” franchise in 1999. He hosted for four years. Next on the franchise was Craig Kilborn, followed by Craig Ferguson and, at present, James Corden…
Celebrity Birthdays: actor Alan Arkin is 86; actor James Caan is 80; singer Diana Ross is 76; Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is 72; actor Ernest Thomas (“What’s Happening!”) is 71; actor/comedian Martin Short is 70; TV host Leeza Gibbons is 63; actress Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing”) is 60; actor Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) is 54; country singer Kenny Chesney is 52; actress Leslie Mann (“This Is 40”) is 48; actor T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 47; “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan is 40; actress Keira Knightley (“Bend It Like Beckham”) is 35.
-Did You Know?:
“Marcus Welby, M.D.” finished its second season, in 1970-71, as the top-rated show in all of primetime, with a 29.6 household rating. Next was NBC’s “The Flip Wilson Show” (27.9 rating), followed by “Here’s Lucy” (CBS: 26.1), “Ironside”(NBC: 25.7) and “Gunsmoke” (CBS: 25.5). Rounding off the top 10 that season was the ABC Movie of the Week (25.1), “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS: 25.0), “Medical Center” (CBS: 24.5), “Bonanza” (NBC: 23.9) and “The F.B.I.” (ABC: 23.0).
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Netflix Orders Animated “Angry Birds: Summer Madness”
Netflix and independent entertainment company CAKE in partnership with Rovio Entertainment announce new animated series “Angry Birds: Summer Madness” based on the iconic world of the Angry Birds. The logline: Logline: The show sees much-loved birds Red, Bomb and Chuck, as well as a cast of brand new feathered friends, as tween birds at summer camp under the questionable guidance of their counselor Mighty Eagle. Explosive antics, improbable pranks and crazy summertime adventures see the birds pushing boundaries and breaking all the rules while fending off the brash and obnoxious Pigs on the other side of the lake, who seem hell-bent on causing as much mayhem as possible!
Forty 11-minute episode of “Angry Birds: Summer Madness” will debut globally starting in 2021.
Verizon Announces “Pay It Forward” Livestream Series
Musical performance series “Pay It Forward Live,” which aims to raise funds for small businesses affected by the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak pandemic, will be available for streaming tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Dave Matthews will be the first musician to perform. Additional acts will be revealed at a later time.
Verizon will donate $2.5 million to Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit that has invested $20 billion to fuel economic opportunity for people and communities across America. Over the course of the series, all viewers who tune in will be encouraged to tag their favorite local businesses and make a purchase in advance for when the crisis is over and the businesses reopen. As consumers engage, Verizon will unlock an additional $2.5 million in funds, bringing the total donation to a potential $5 million.
“Pay It Forward Live” can be viewed via Verizon’s Twitter account and Yahoo Entertainment.
Fox Announces “Fox Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert for America”
Fox will air benefit special “Fox Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert for America” this Sunday, March 29 in the 9 p.m. ET hour in place of ‘The iHeartRadio Music Awards” original broadcast telecast. Hosted by Elton John, the event will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more, from their own homes, filmed with their personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved.
The special concert will also be available on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, as well as via the iHeartRadio app. The benefit special will be broadcast commercial-free.
CBS Postpones “The Tony Awards”
CBS has announced that the annual “Tony Awards” telecast, telecast live from New York, has been postponed until a later time due to COVID-19. It was originally slated to air to Sunday, June 7th.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
CBS will present special “Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special,“ hosted by James Corden, on Monday, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET. The hour will feature James Corden from his garage, chatting with celebrities from television and music, and will include musical performances by BTS in South Korea, Andrea Bocelli in Italy, Dua Lipa in London and Billie Eilish with FINNEAS and John Legend in Los Angeles – from the safety of their homes. The special will also feature appearances from David Blaine, Will Ferrell and many others.
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will return with original episodes on CBS on March 30 at 11:35 p.m. ET. Colbert and his staff and crew will be working remotely.
HBO Sports documentary “The Scheme,“ which tells the revealing tale of Christian Dawkins, convicted in federal court in the biggest criminal crime case in collegiate sports history, will debut on Tuesday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET. The film be available on HBO, HBO on Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and partners’ streaming platforms. The Bat Bridge Entertainment feature-length presentation is directed by Pat Kondelis, whose 2017 account of the Baylor University basketball scandal “Disgraced” won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports
“Legends of the Wild” will premiere on Discovery Channel on Wednesday, April 1 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Damian Duffy, a former Australian army paratrooper and certified wilderness guide, and Matt Hoffmann, a professional wildlife photographer and storm chaser, are two adventurers who aren’t afraid of dangerous situations. With an unparalleled passion for wildlife, they’ve dedicated their entire lives and careers to taking on and capturing Mother Nature and its many wonders. Together they journey deep into the wild – risking it all – to explore some of the world’s most hair-raising wildlife legends.
Two-hour CBS special “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince,“ hosted by Maya Rudolph, will air Tuesday, April 21 at 9 p.m. Featured performers will include Beck; Gary Clark Jr.; Common; Earth, Wind, & Fire; Foo Fighters; H.E.R.; Juanes; John Legend; Chris Martin; Morris Day and The Time; Princess; Sheila E.; St. Vincent; Mavis Staples; Miguel; the Revolution; and Usher, with special appearances by FKA Twigs, Fred Armisen, Jimmy Jam, Misty Copeland and Naomi Campbell.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Netflix debuts limited drama “Unorthodox”…Season premieres: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on E!; “The Great Food Truck Race” (Food Network); “Tacoma PD” on truTV…Season finales: “7Seeds” – part two on Netflix; “Star Trek: Picard” on CBS All Access; “The Bold Type” on Freeform; “The Sinner” on USA…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, March 26, click here