Friday, June 12, 2020
Sports broadcaster Marv Albert is 79; actor Timothy Busfield (“thirtysomething”) is 63; actress Jenilee Harrison (“Three’s Company”) is 61; actor Eamonn Walker (“Chicago Fire”) is 58; actress Paula Marshall is 56; actor Rick Hoffman (“Suits”) is 50; former Yankees outfielder and 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui is 46; singer Robyn is 41; supermodel Adriana Lima is 39; reality star Kendra Wilkinson is 35.
Did You Know?
The role of the gym teacher on “Mr. Peepers” (played in the series in two episodes by Jack Warden) was played in the pilot by an uncredited Walter Matthau.
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCMENTS
Hulu Orders Limited Series “The Other Typist”
Published in 2013, “The Other Typist” is a thriller set in New York City during the height of the Prohibition era where it follows the story of an unworldly police department typist named Rose Baker as she gets drawn into the shady world of her glamorous new co-worker, Odalie (Knightley). When the ultimate crime is committed, it’s uncertain which of the two women was the more treacherous. The novel covers the themes of identity, class, obsession, and misplaced desire.
“The Other Typist” will be written and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken (“The L Word”), who will also serve as showrunner. The series is a production by Searchlight Television and 20th Century Fox Television with Knightley, Rindell and 3 Arts’ Oly Obst set as executive producers.
NBC Renews “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” for Season 2
NBC has greenlit “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes. The series centers on Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.
The first season, which consisted of 12 episodes, ended on a serious note as Zoey’s dad Mitch (Peter Gallagher) died after a battle with the neurological disease PSP. The last scene was a seven minute one shot performance of “American Pie,” sung by the entire cast.
Mirroring Paramount Network’s to cut its ties with veteran “Cops,” A+E Network has canceled its copycat docuseries “Live PD.” The parting of ways came after weeks of protests inspired by the death of George Floyd and a report that a crew from the show filmed the death of another black man in police custody.
“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD,” A&E said in a statement. “Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.”
The cancellation also comes a day after a reports from the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV that 40-year-old Javier Ambler, who was black, died in Texas in March 2019 after sheriff’s deputies repeatedly used stun guns on him, despite his cries for help and pleas that he was sick and couldn’t breathe.
Starz has greenlit crime drama “Hightown” for a second season after just four episodes of its eight episode first season. Debuting on May 17, “Hightown” follows Jackie Quiñones (Monica Raymund), a hard-partying gay woman living in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a National Fisheries Service Agent who uses her gun and badge to seduce tourist chicks. She’s none-too-enthusiastically putting in her time until she can draw a federal pension – but everything changes when she discovers a body in Cape Cod Bay, and finds herself at the center of the Cape’s gruesome heroin epidemic.
Season one of “Hightown” is scheduled to conclude on July 5. The series is available on the STARZ app, On Demand and on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada and day and date on the STARZPLAY international streaming service across Europe and Latin America.
Recently introduced streamer HBO Max has given its first series renewal to romantic anthology comedy “Love Life.” The first season featured Anna Kendrick, who will remain onboard as an executive producer for season two and will make occasional appearances as her character Darby. But the sophomore season will explore what happens when you’ve lived your whole life knowing who your soulmate is, only to find out years into a marriage that it’s not the right fit at all. As an anthology, each season will showcase a different storyline.
“Love Life” is produced by Lionsgate Television and Feigco Entertainment. The series comes from Boyd, who co-show runs with Bedard. Boyd and Bedard serve as executive producers alongside Kendrick, Paul Feig, and Dan Magnante.
Amazon Picks Up Anna Paquin Dramedy “Flack”
Amazon has acquired the rights to the second season of British dramedy “Flack,” starring Anna Paquin, which was abruptly canceled by Pop TV just before its second season premiere. The streamer will stream the first two seasons of “Flack,” which consists of 12 episodes, and has the option for a potential third season.
The series follows Paquin as Robyn (Paquin), an American publicist in London who is excellent at fixing the ridiculous predicaments her clients get into but is terrible at keeping her personal life from spinning out of control. Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”) and Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost,” “Hawaii Five-O”) joined the cast in the second season. “Flack” also stars Sophie Okonedo, Lydia Wilson, Rebecca Benson, Genevieve Angelson, Rufus Jones, Arinze Kene. Other Season 2 guest stars include Jane Horrocks, Giles Terera and Amanda Abbington, reprising her role as Alexa.
Matt Jones Announced as the Star of the 25th Season of ABC’s “The Bachelor”
Matt Jones, the 28-year-old prospective suitor on “The Bachelorette,” announced on “Good Morning America” he will take on the role as the lead on the upcoming 25th edition of ABC’s veteran “The Bachelor.”
Season 25 of “The Bachelor” is scheduled to premiere in 2021. Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner, Peter Gust, Tim Warner, Louis Caric and Peter Geist are the executive producers.
Emmy-Nominated Film “Hate Among Us” Tackles the Rise of Anti-Semitism Worldwide
Given the typical roster of Daytime Emmy award nominated shows announced in May to coincide with the 47th annual telecast – talk, game, court and daytime dramas, in particular – one nominated entry that dares to be different is documentary “Hate Among Us” from Associated Television International (ATI) and Popstar TV.
From executive producers David McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and Sergey Sarkisov, “Hate Among Us” tracks the origins of hate crimes against members of the Jewish faith; under the leadership of Adolf Hitler to present day; from Europe to the United States and throughout the world; and told from the perspective of individuals of all faiths. Included is travel show personality Laura McKenzie, who is also an executive producer. For more, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Tom Hanks World War II drama “Greyhound,” which was originally scheduled to open in theaters today but was delayed due to COVID-19, will make its debut exclusively on Apple TV+ on July 10. Hanks plays a Navy Commander Ernest Krause, a career officer who was finally given command of a destroyer, USS Keeling (radio code named “Greyhound”). Unlike the prototypical hero, he must battle his own self-doubts and personal demons to be an effective leader of the defenders.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Crime Diaries” and “The Woods” on Netflix; “Crossing Swords” on Hulu; “Serial Psyche” on Reelz…Season premieres: “Dating Around,“ “F is For Family” and “Kip and the Age of Wonderbeasts” on Netflix…For the listing of available programs for Friday, June 12, click here