January 7, 2020
MTON THIS DAY
George Burns and Gracie Allen were married in 1926…“The Newlywed Game” debuted on ABC in daytime in 1967…”Fame,” based on the movie of the same name, launched on NBC in 1982. After a one and one-half season run, the musical drama headed to first-run syndication effective on October 10, 1983 and stayed on the air for another four seasons…“The Dukes of Hazzard” on CBS reached the 100-episode mark in 1983. It ran through Feb. 8, 1985, producing 147 episodes in total…
Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Kenny Loggins is 72;
Katie Couric is 62; Oscar winner Nicholas Cage is 55; actor Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) is 48.
Did You Know?
The origins of NBC’s former “Must See TV” Thursday night line-up began in the fall of 1982 with its line-up of “Fame,” sitcoms “Cheers” and “Taxi,“ and crime drama “Hill Street Blues.” The network acquired multiple Emmy award winner “Taxi” for one final fifth season after ABC canceled it.
Live+3 Day Ratings – Week of December 23 – Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
MTV Orders Docuseries “True Life Crime”
MTV has greenlit an eight-episode docuseries called “True Life Crime” that follows journalist and MTV News host Dometi Pongo as he investigates shocking and haunting crimes committed against young people, daring to ask unanswered questions that expose the truth.It launches on Wednesday, January 8th at 9 p.m. ET and cases will include the Kenneka Jenkins Case in Chicago, the Sarah Stern Case in Neptune, New Jersey. and the Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz case in the Bronx, New York.
ABC Eyes Eddie B Sitcom
Laurence Fishburne (“black-ish) and his Cinema Gypsy Productions are producing a potential single camera half-hour sitcom starring teacher-turned-comedian Eddie B (Eddie Brown). Written by Richard Manus (“Merry Happy Whatever.” “Grown-ish”), the untitled single-camera comedy is inspired by Eddie B’s standup. It follows an outspoken, stubborn middle school football coach (Eddie B) who, due to budget cuts, finds himself forced to teach 8th grade science if he wants to keep his job.
In real life, Eddie B is a Houston-based school teacher turned stand-up comedian. He developed a stong Facebook following when he started to post clips about “what teachers really say,” establishing himself as the voice of teachers.
Nexstar Signs Multi-Year Deal with Nielsen
Nexstar Media group has signed a multi-year deal with Nielsen. Nielsen will provide measurement services for Nexstar’s 197 television stations and digital subchannels in 115 markets, and national ratings for WGN America. Additionally, Nielsen will be providing Nexstar will services from its Scarborough, Rhiza, Grabix and Prime Lingo units.
“Nexstar’s company-wide relationship with Nielsen will allow our promotion, news and advertising sales teams to benefit from Nielsen’s full suite of audience ratings and combined audience data across all platforms in all Nexstar markets,” said Timothy Busch, president of Nexstar Broadcasting. “Nielsen’s ability to provide unified audience measurement across the entire 115 market Nexstar US television household footprint will further support our company-wide commitment to best serve local and national advertising clients, with verified viewing and consumption data.”
Patricia Arquette to Star in Apple Drama “Severance”
Fresh off her Golden Globes win on Sunday, Patricia Arquette has taken on the starring role in Apple+ thriller drama “Severance.” “Severance” is described as a workplace thriller set at a company called Lumen Industries that’s aiming to take work-life balance to a new level. Scott will play Mark, an employee with a dark past, while Arquette will play Mark’s boss.
“Severance” is being directed and produced by Ben Stiller, and was created by Dan Erickson. It comes from Endeavor Content, a company also producing current Apple TV+ shows “See” and “Truth Be Told.”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
CBS will air “The Gayle King Grammy Special” on Thursday, January 23 at 10 p.m. The one-hour special will feature King up close with Grammy nominees Lizzo, Billie Eilish, the Jonas Brothers and Lil Nas X.
Season 13 of drama “Murdock Mysteries” will open on Ovation on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. ET (each week with back-to-back episodes). The drama series is set in Toronto in the late 1890s and early 1900s during the age of invention, where Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), the methodical detective, and his impassioned wife Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) enlist radical forensic techniques like fingerprinting and ultraviolet light to solve a range of gruesome murders.
Tom Papa will be featured in his new Netflix comedy special, “You’re Doing Great!,” beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The logline: Life isn’t perfect, it never has been and it never will be and Tom wants you to know that’s OK! Life is rough, he gets it, and wants to remind us to take care of ourselves, embrace who you’ve become, and absorb the beauty of life. There are a lot of challenges and responsibilities we take on in life like family, work, climate change, social media, and living in New Jersey, but if we find someone who loves us for who we are, whether it be a human or a goldfish, Tom believes we’ll be just fine. .
YouTube Originals is partnering with Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for a feature-length documentary “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert” set to premiere Tuesday, March 31. The logline: “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert” opens up the vault for the very first time to present the performances and behind-the-scenes stories that shaped the music festival. The film gives a rare look at Coachella’s colorful beginning, presents exclusive, never-before-seen footage and interviews, and features key performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Travis Scott, BLACKPINK, LCD Soundsystem, Rage Against The Machine, Pixies, Swedish House Mafia, Jane’s Addiction, Björk, The White Stripes, Madonna, Moby, Beck, and Radiohead.
An Inebriated Don Lemon Ushers in the Year 2020 in Nashville on CNN – Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The “Jeopardy!: Greatest of All Time” tournament begins on ABC…Series premieres: “FBI: Most Wanted” on CBS; “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” on NBC; “Hot & Heavy” on TLC…Season premieres: “Ellen’s Game of Games” on NBC; “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” on Fox; “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” on TLC; “Nick Cannon Presents Wild n’Out” and “Vanderpump Rules” on VH1; “The Haves and the Have Nots” on OWN; “Schitt’s Creek” on Pop; “Guardians of the Glades” on Discovery; “Ink Master” on Paramount Network…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, January 7 click here