On This Day – Friday, April 3, 2020
The first issue of TV Guide was released in 1953, with a photograph of Lucille Ball and her newborn son, Desi Arnaz, Jr.…Two classic films opened in U.S. theaters in 1968: the original “Planet of the Apes” starring Charlton Heston and Stanley Kubrick‘ “2001: A Space Odyssey“…The miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth” starring Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer and Laurence Olivier debuted in the U.S. on NBC in 1977. The second part aired one week later on Easter Sunday (Apr. 10, 1977)…Woody Allen‘s “Annie Hall” won four Oscars at the 50th Academy Awards, including for Best Picture and its star Diane Keaton for Best Actress in 1978…CBS detective drama “Barnaby Jones,” starring Buddy Ebsen, concluded its eight season run in 1978…
Also on CBS in 1978: the daytime game show “Pass the Buck” hosted by Bill Cullen debuted. Nearly three months later (on June 30), the show aired its final episode. Animated “The Fat Albert Easter Special” first aired on CBS in 1982…The TV-news set sitcom “Goodnight, Beantown” starring Bill Bixby and Mariette Hartley began on CBS in 1983. The series aired for only 18 episodes…CBS News’ “Sunday Morning” host Charles Kuralt passed the torch to his successor, Charles Osgood, in 1994. Jane Pauley now hosts. For more, click here
Actress Marsha Mason is 78; singer Wayne Newton is also 78; singer Tony Orlando is 76; Alec Baldwin is 62; actor David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”) is 61; Eddie Murphy is 59; “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Jennie Garth is 48; actor Adam Scott (“Parks & Recreation”) is 47; “How I Met Your Mother” star Cobie Smulders is 38; actress Amanda Bynes is 34; actress Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) is 33; model Paris Jackson is 22.
Did You Know?:
After production of “Barnaby Jones” completed, producers were considering a TV-movie crossover between this show and Buddy Ebsen’s previous sitcom,“The Beverly Hillbillies.“ The plot was to open with Millionaire Jed Clampett (played by Ebsen) being kidnapped, and Barnaby Jones (also played by Ebsen) hired to locate him. While that movie never did happen, a similar storyline was created for the 1993 big screen version of “The Beverly Hillbillies”, with Ebsen returning in a cameo as Barnaby Jones, hired by Miss Hathaway to find the missing Granny.
Remote Workplace Comedy in the Works from Ben Silverman and Paul Lieberstein
For nine seasons, from 2005 to 2013, NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy “The Office” gave viewers and inside look, mockumentary style, of the inner-workings of the fictional Dunder Mifflin paper company. Now, two of the producers behind “The Office,” Ben Silverman and Paul Lieberstein, have teamed up for a potential new sitcom inspired by the current environment of offices around the country closed and employees working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.
The proposed series, which does not have an outlet at present, comes from Big Breakfast, the production banner under Silverman and Howard Owens’ Propagate Content. The logline: The series is set around a wunderkind boss who, in an effort to ensure his staff’s connectedness and productivity, asks them all to virtually interact and work face-to-face all day. For more, click here
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
NBC Announces Season (or Series) Finale Dates:
NBC has unveiled the season (or series) finale dates of its roster of primetime series. For the complete list, click here
Getting to Know Jaime Camil of “Broke”
For five seasons, fans of The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” knew Jaime Camil as the exaggerated Rogelio de la Vega, a self-involved, famous telenovela star and Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) biological father. For any performer, it was the role of a lifetime and an opportunity for Camil to flex his comedy acting chops.
At present, Camil is centerstage on new CBS multi-camera sitcom “Broke,” both as an actor and an executive producer. “Broke” follows the lives of Jackie (Pauley Perrette), a single and independent suburban mother, who finds her life turned upside down after her estranged sister Elizabeth (Natasha Leggero), her sister’s formerly wealthy, big-hearted husband, Javier (Jaime Camil), and Javier’s combination assistant/driver/friend, Luis (Izzy Diaz), land on her doorstep in need of a place to live after the couple’s money dries up.
“Watch” spoke to Jaime Camil about his new show, his role in front of and behind the camera, his the experience of working with his new cast members, his love of music, and that one show he is currently binging. For more, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares” will premiere Wednesday, April 8 at 8 p.m,. ET. The tribute will feature special virtual performances and interviews from Rogers’ superstar friends including Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and more, all filmed directly from their homes and blended alongside rare archival photos, interviews and performances, with clips and commentary from Rogers himself.
AXS TV will air benefit concert “Comedy Gives Back Laugh Aid” on Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. ET. The four-plus hour telethon will put the spotlight on a powerhouse roster of comedy superstars, coming together to raise money and awareness for an emergency relief fund benefiting working comedians who have been financially impacted due to the spread of COVID-19. Participating comedians include Dave Attell, Joel Kim Booster, Bill Burr, Dane Cook, Ron Funches, Anthony Jeselnik, Jessica Kirson, Bert Kreischer, Howie Mandel, Marc Maron, Big Jay Oakerson, Patton Oswalt, Tom Papa, Ray Romano, Jeff Ross, Iliza Shlesinger, The Sklar Brothers, Bob Saget, Amanda Seales, Dan Soder, and David Spade.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Hawaii Five-O” concludes its 10-season run on CBS…Series premieres: “Starbeam” on Netflix; “Home Before Dark” and “Tales From the Loop” on Apple TV…Season finales: “Amazing Stories” and “Helpsters” – part 2 on Apple TV…