WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
2020-21 TV Season
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ON THIS DAY, JULY 22nd
ABC drama “China Beach,” which was set during the Vietnam War, concluded in 1991 after after 64 episodes. It debuted on April 26, 1988…”Dear John,” the NBC sitcom that starred Judd Hirsch, ended its four-season run in 1992… Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon portrayed plastic surgeons in South Florida in the drama “Nip/Tuck” which debuted on FX in 2003. The series became one of creator Ryan Murphy‘s first hits; its most notable line of dialogue was when either surgeon would ask his patient, “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself.” It ran for six seasons…In 2018, CW action drama “Supergirl” announced the casting of first live-action transgender superhero, by transgender actor Nicole Maines as Nia Nal.
Cult theatrical classic “Plan 9 From Outer Space,“ which is known as one of the worse films ever, debuted in 1959. This was Bela Lugosi’s last film appearance. He died before the movie was finished…Comedy “Mr. Mom” starring Michael Keaton opened in limited release in 1983…”Summer School,” the comedy directed by Carl Reiner and written by Jeff Franklin and starring Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley and Courtney Thorne-Smith opened in theaters in 1987. Later that year, Franklin’s TV sitcom “Full House” premiered on ABC and lasted for eight seasons… “Big Top Pee Wee,” the sequel to “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” starring Paul Reubens as Pee Wee Herman premiered in 1988.
Reaching No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100: “Toy Soldiers” by Martika in 1989, “Bent” by Matchbox Twenty in 2000.
Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in 2 minutes 10 seconds of the first round to retain the heavyweight boxing title in 1963. Liston had previously taken the title from Patterson with another first-round knockout from Sep. 1962.
Oscar winner Louise Fletcher (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) is 86; actor Terence Stamp (“Superman”) is 82; “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek is 80; singer George Clinton is 79; singer Bobby Sherman is 77; Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon”) is 74; Albert Brooks (“Broadcast News”) is 73; singer Don Henley is 73; composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid”, “Little Shop of Horrors”) is 71; Willem Dafoe (“Platoon”) is 65; singer Keith Sweat is 59; “Just Shoot Me” star David Spade is 57; actor-comedian John Leguizamo is 56; actor Patrick Labyorteaux (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 55; “Jane the Virgin” star Jaime Camil is 47; actress A.J. Cook (“Criminal Minds”) is 42; singer Selena Gomez is 28; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is 25.
Top 10 National Household Ratings in Syndication
Week of July 6, 2020 – Stripped (Monday-Friday) Series
1. “Family Feud” (Debmar-Mercury): 5.9 AA (average audience) rating
2. “Judge Judy” (CBS Television Distribution – CTD): 5.8
3. “Wheel of Fortune” (CTD): 5.1
4. “Jeopardy” (CTD): 5.0
5. “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 2.9
6. “Inside Edition” (CTD): 2.5
7. “Entertainment Tonight” (CTD): 2.3
8. “Last Man Standing” (Disney-ABC): 2.1
9. “Dr. Phil” (CTD) and “Hot Bench” (CTD): 2.0 each
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
HBO Orders Comedy “Somebody Somewhere”
HBO has greenlit comedy “Somebody Somewhere” starring and executive produced by Bridget Everett (“Patti Cake$”). The logline: Inspired by the life of comedian and singer Bridget Everett, Sam (played by Everett) is a true Kansan on the surface, but, beneath it all, struggles to fit the hometown mold. As she grapples with loss and acceptance, singing is Sam’s saving grace and leads her on a journey to discover herself and a community of outsiders that don’t fit in but don’t give up. “Somebody Somewhere” shows that finding your people, and finding your voice, is possible. Anywhere. Somewhere.
Hannah Bos (“High Maintenance”) and Paul Thureen (“Driveways”) created the show and will serve as executive producers, along with Carolyn Strauss (“Chernobyl”), Patricia Breen (“Betty”), and from HBO’s upcoming fourth and final season of “Room 104,” Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Mel Eslyn and Tyler Romary. A production from The Mighty Mint/Duplass Brothers Productions, Jay Duplass directed the pilot last year on location in Chicagoland.
Netflix Acquires “The Legend of Korra”
Netflix will begin streaming “The Legend of Korra,” the sequel to “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” on Friday, August 14. “The Legend of Korra” ran on Nickelodeon between 2012 and 2014 and it followed Korra, a new Avatar and successor to “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “The Legend of Korra” was praised for its LGBTQ+ themes, especially for a children’s cartoon series that aired on Nickelodeon, and for its sociopolitical themes.
The logline: As with its predecessor, the series is set in a fictional universe in which some people can manipulate, or “bend”, the elements of water, earth, fire, or air. Only one person, the “Avatar,” can bend all four elements, and is responsible for maintaining balance in the world. The series follows Avatar Korra, the successor of Aang from the previous series, as she faces political and spiritual unrest in a modernizing world.
A total of 52 episodes aired in the four seasons of “The Legend of Korra” on Nickelodeon from 2012 to 2014.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Netflix Cancels Turkish Drama “If Only” Censorship of Gay Character
Netflix has decided not to move forward on production of planned Turkish drama “If Only” because of the government censorship of a gay character in the script. The series was to have been produced by Turkish production company Ay Yapim and has been described in promotional materials as the story of Reyhan, an unhappily married mother of twins, who is suddenly transported back 30 years to the night her husband proposed. Screenwriter Ece Yorenc said Netflix scrapped “If Only” after the government refused to grant it a license.
Turkish authorities denied permission for “If Only” production to take place in the country after reviewing the script, in which one of the five characters was gay. Netflix refused to change the script and opted instead to cancel production of the show, while paying all pre–production costs.
The deputy chairman of Turkey’s ruling party, Mahir Unal, tweeted on Monday that he believed Netflix would “show greater sensitivity to Turkish culture and art with deeper co-operation” in the future.
In a statement, the company said: “We currently have several Turkish originals in production — with more to come — and look forward to sharing these stories with our members all around the world”.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte – Click here
Play the Primetime Emmy Award Nominations Pick’Em Game 2020 – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“The Last Narc,” a four-part docuseries that centers on the most notorious murder in the history of the DEA – the 1985 kidnapping and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena – will premiere July 31, 2020 exclusively on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The series tells the story of a fallen hero, the men who killed him, and the one man who risked everything to find out what really happened and why. Highly decorated special agent Hector Berrellez, who was assigned to lead the DEA’s investigation of Camarena’s murder, peels back the layers of myth and propaganda to reveal the truth about a conspiracy that stretches from the killing fields of Mexico to the halls of power in Washington, D.C.
Netflix will premiere docuseries “Connected” with science reporter and host Latif Nasser as he travels around the planet to tease out the subtle and surprising ways that we are all inextricably linked to one another and our world on Sunday, August 2. He discovers how everything from the air we breathe, the selfies we post, and even the poop we poop can be traced back to catastrophic shipwrecks, fraudulent elections, and even distant galaxies.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series debuts: “Fear City: New York vs. the Mafia” and “Love On the Spectrum” on Netflix; “Build Me Up” on HGTV; “The Case That Haunts Me” on ID; “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home” on Peacock…Season premieres: “Norsemen” on Netflix; “Corporate” on Comedy Central…Season finales: “Game On!” on CBS; “The Oval” on BET…For the complete schedule for Wednesday, July 22, click here