FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019
ON THIS DAY
“Newhart,” Bob Newhart’s second successful CBS sitcom, debuted in 1982 and stayed on the air for eight seasons. Only three of the original actors — Newhart, Mary Frann and Tom Poston — remained with the series for its entire run…NBC’s “Cheers” reached the 200-episode mark in 1990. It ultimately ran through May 20, 1993, producing 275 episodes in total…Half-hour late night talker “The Jon Stewart Show” opened on MTV in 1993. At the end of the first season, it expanded to one hour and moved into first-run syndication as a replacement for “The Arsenio Hall Show” for one season…
Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, is 62;
late night talk show host Samantha Bee is 50;
Craig Robinson (“The Office”) is 48;
actor Josh Henderson (“Dallas”) is 38;
singer Katy Perry is 35;
singer Ciara is 34.
Did You Know?
The characters of Larry (William Sanderson), Daryl (Tony Papenfuss) and Daryl (John Volstad) on “Newhart” were supposed to appear in only one episode, but the studio audience’s reaction to their introduction was so spontaneous the producers added the trio to the cast.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
“The 100” Prequel in the Works on The CW
The CW is not apparently done with perennial benchwarmer drama “The 100” yet. The Untitled 100 Prequel, written by “The 100” showrunner and executive producer Jason Rothenberg, is set 97 years before the events of the original series. It starts with the end of the world — a nuclear apocalypse that wipes out most of the human population on Earth — and follows a band of survivors on the ground as they learn to cope in a dangerous world while fighting to create a new and better society from the ashes of what came before.
This potential prequel is being developed as a planted spinoff and will be introduced in an episode from the upcoming seventh — and final — season of “the 100.”
Rothenberg will executive produce with The 100 EP Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy for “The 100” producers, Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. TV and CBS Television Studios.
Hulu Orders “Vice Investigates”
Hulu has greenlit 10 episodes of “Vice Investigates” from the producers and correspondents at Vice News. The Hulu Original will feature stories told through a distinct reporting lens, immersive narratives and fresh perspectives on the important — and sometimes controversial — issues defining today’s culture.
The logline: Each of the 10 VICE Investigates episodes will provide audiences with an in-depth experience exploring timely topics and questions, such as the complex geopolitical divide between Iran and Saudi Arabia; a deep dive into the seldom seen human side of K-Pop rockstars; and a first-hand look at the experiences of intersex and transgender athletes attempting to redefine the gender lines of competition in a non-binary world.
“Vice Investigates” will stream exclusively on Hulu launching the first three episodes on Friday, November 1, followed by monthly, one episode per month, premieres beginning in December 1.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Amazon Renews “Modern Love” for Season 2
Amazon Prime has announced the pickup of a second season of romantic anthology series “Modern Love” one week after debuting. The half-hour episodic anthology — based on the New York Times column of the same name — explores “love in its multitude of forms (including sexual, romantic, familial, platonic, and self love).
The season one cast of “Modern Love” includes Anne Hathaway (“The Devil Wears Prada”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), John Slattery (“Mad Men”), Dev Patel (“The Newsroom”), Catherine Keener (“Kidding”), Andy Garcia (“Ballers”), Cristin Milioti (“Black Mirror”), Brandon Victor Dixon (“Power”) and Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”), among others. John Carney serves as writer, director and executive producer.
HBO Max Orders a Second Season of Rooster Teeth’s “gen:LOCK”
Upcoming streamer HBO Max has picked up “gen:LOCK” for a second season following its status as Rooster Teeth’s newest animated series. Starring Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Black Panther”), the half-hour animated series focuses on a near-future dystopia undergoing a new, technologically driven world war. gen:LOCK originally premiered on Rooster Teeth. Season 2 of gen:LOCK will premiere on HBO Max and 90 days later will be available on Rooster Teeth for FIRST members.
The logline: Fifty years in the future, “gen:LOCK” tells the story of an oppressive authoritarian force that threatens to conquer the world. A daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of devastating mecha, but they must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world.
The voice of Dakota Fanning (“The Alienist”), Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”), Golshifteh Farahani (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”), and David Tennant (“Jessica Jones, Dr. Who”) are all set to return to the series along with Jordan.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
Fox Announces Midseason Programming Schedule
Fox has announced its programming plans for midseason, which will consist of six new series and changes on five nights of the week (excluding Friday and Saturday). The upcoming series are live action comedy “Outmatched,” animated “Duncanville,” dramas “9-1-1: Lone Star” and “Deputy,” and non-scripted “Flirty Dancing” and “LEGO Masters.” For a look at the schedule, click here
POPSTAR! TV to Launch on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku
POPSTAR Magazine has announced the launch of the new over-the-top (OTT) App, POPSTAR! TV, on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku (with other outlets to be announced by year end). Over 600 hours of original content (including original action/horror series “Evil Touch” and “Death Squad;” and comedies and movies) will be featured.
POPSTAR! TV is also launching its linear broadcast stream channel with DistroTV and YouToo America. Additionally, the planned debut of the new celebrity and gossip show, “POPSTAR! Today,” is on the horizon. For more on POPSTAR! TV, click here
The PI in Fortune
More Episodes of “Evil” and “Prodigal Son” Are Coming, But There Are No Breakout Hits on TV This Fall” by Paula Bernstein – Click here
Maureen McCormick and Alison Victoria to Host HGTV’s “White House Christmas” 2019
Maureen McCormick (“A Very Brady Renovation”) will join home renovation expert and star of “Windy City Rehab,”, Alison Victoria, to co-host “White House Christmas 2019.” Cameras will follow Maureen and Alison as they take an exclusive room-by-room tour with staff and volunteers to see the magnificent holiday transformation of the White House. The one-hour special will premiere in December.
Christmas in October Signals Another Early Start For The Annual Celebration – Click here
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte
This week’s top of conversation includes The World Series on Fox, the start of the NBA season, HBO drama “Watchmen” and new TBS game “The Misery Index” featuring Joe Gato, Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray and Sal Volcano from “Impractical Jokers.” To listen, click here
2019 NFL Regular Season Week 8 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
OWN drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” from Tyler Perry will open season seven on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: Season seven of “The Haves and the Have Nots” brings in even more havoc than ever before with revenge, heartbreak, betrayal, death and destruction touching the lives of every character. The series stars John Schneider (Jim Cryer), Tika Sumpter (Candace Young), Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington), Renee Lawless (Katheryn Cryer), Crystal Fox (Hannah Young), Peter Parros (David Harrington), Tyler Lepley (Benny Young), Gavin Houston (Jeffrey Harrington) and Aaron O’Connell (Wyatt Cryer)
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Game 3 of The World Series (Washington vs. Houston) airs on Fox…Series premieres: “Brotherhood,” “Drug Crowd,“ “Greenhouse Academy” and “Monzon” on Netflix; “Zomboat!” on Hulu…Season premieres: “Bojack Horseman” and “The Kominsky Method” on Netflix; “Long Lost Family” on TLC…For the listing of available programs for Friday, October 25 click here