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Edith (Jean Stapleton) missed her surprise 50th birthday party on “All in the Family” on CBS in 1977 when she was attacked by a rapist (David Dukes). The storyline was originally planned for Bonnie Franklin on “One Day at a Time”)… Drama “Smallville” debuted on The WB in 2001 and moved over to The CW until its demise on May 13, 2011. It aired for 10 seasons…
“Murder, She Wrote” star Angela Lansbury is 94;
“Three’s Company” star Suzanne Somers is 73;
“Big Brother” winner Rachel Reilly (the half of “Brenchel”) is 35.
Did You Know?
Norman Lear changed the attempted rape storyline to Edith Bunker on “All in the Family” because he wanted to make a statement that this could happen to anyone, even someone as simple and naive as Edith. The scene in the episode where Edith used the cake to attack the rapist (David Dukes) and her escape prompted the loudest cheers and applause from the audience in the history of “All in the Family.”
Note: Nielsen has stopped reporting the household overnight ratings in the morning, and the national fast affiliate results are now our first source of data for each weekday. These are time period based, which means they are approximate because it includes anything airing in the time period (and not just the designated series if it is pre-empted). It features total viewers and the adult 18-49 rating and share (not to mention other demos). And the data arrives at approximately 11 a.m. ET. So, look for this second email alert by 11:30 a.m. ET each day or visit our website at programminginsider.com.
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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
HBO Max Orders “Grease: Rydell High” Musical Spin-Off Series
Upcoming digital streamer HBO Max has ordered “Grease: Rydell High,” a musical series inspired by the 1978 classic film “Grease.” Set in and around the world of Rydell High, the show reimagines the hit movie with some characters you already know, and a whole lot more you will soon meet. The logline: It’s still the 1950s, a world that rocks with big musical numbers from the period combined with new original songs as well. It’s the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty, and the rollercoaster of life in middle America with a modern sensibility that will bring it to life for today’s musical lovers.
Picturestart and Temple Hill will serve as executive producers and Paramount Television and Picturestart will produce the series. Additionally, Temple Hill, Picturestart and Paramount Pictures are in development on a feature film prequel to Grease, entitled Summer Lovin’.
HBO Greenlights Drama “The Most Fun We Ever Had”
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”) and Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”) are producing a new drama series, “The Most Fun We Ever Had,” for HBO. The project is based on the bestselling novel published in June by Claire Lombardo and is a multigenerational saga spanning half a century. It follows four sisters, each struggling to exist in the shadow of their parents’ idyllic marriage, whose lives are complicated by the unexpected return of the son one of them gave up for adoption fifteen years earlier.
Lombardo will write the series adaptation and will also serve as co-executive producer. Adams and Stacy O’Neil’s Bond Group Entertainment, and Dern and Jayme Lemons’ Jaywalker Pictures will co-produce the series. Adams, O’Neil, Dern, and Lemons will executive produce. Anya Epstein (The Affair) will serve as showrunner and is also executive producing. Bond Group’s Clifford will co-produce.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Apple Renews “For All Mankind” for Season 2
Apple has greenlit a second season of drama “For All Mankind” before its official debut on Friday, Nov. 1. The logline: The first manned mission to the Moon during the Space Race in the late 1960s was a global success for NASA and every American across the United States. But this drama answers the question: “What if the Space Race had never ended?,”
The cast for “For All Mankind” includes Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten and Jodi Balfour.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Documentary “The Bronx USA,” which follows producer George Shapiro as he returns to his hometown of the Bronx, will debut on HBO on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. ET. Revisiting the streets, stores and memories of his childhood, Shapiro reflects on the singularity of the borough he grew up in and the close friendships he made there that have stood the test of time.
Drama “Ambitions” from producer Will Packer will return on OWN on Tuesday, November 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET. “Ambitions,” which had its series premiere in June, explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia and centers around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins), ex-best friends from college who are adversaries in both their personal and professional lives.
Season three of CBS All Access comedy “No Activity” will be available for streaming on Thursday, Nov. 21. The logline: Following last season’s disastrous bust, season three finds detectives Nick Cullen (Patrick Brammall) and Judd Tolbeck back in uniform with a revolving door of quirky new partners and even quirkier criminals, while robots edge in on Janice and Fatima in dispatch.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season premieres: “Impulse” on YouTube; “Shattered” on ID…Season finales: “David Makes Man” on OWN; “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC…CMT offers “CMT Artists of the Year”…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, October 16 click here