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“Mad About You” Revival Bows on Spectrum Originals; CBS and Fox Announce New Comedies in Development

Programming Insider by Marc BermanWednesday, November 20, 2019

ON THIS DAY
“Time Enough at Last,” the classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” with Burgess Meredith as a bookish little man named Henry Bemis who survives a nuclear war, arrived in 1959…ABC miniseries “The Day After,” which showed the aftermath of a fictional nuclear war, debuted in 1983. The cast included JoBeth WilliamsSteve GuttenbergJohn CullumJason Robards and John Lithgow.

Celebrity Birthdays:

Estelle Parsons (“The Conners”) is 92
former Vice President Joe Biden is 77
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” star Ming-Na Wen is 56
Joel McHale (“Community”) is 48.

Did You Know?
Burgess Meredith is also remembered, of course, for his role as The Penguin on 1960s ABC camp classic “Batman.While The Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman andthe Penguin were the four main villains, there were actually over 30 in total who taunted the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder. And they are…in alphabetical order…Archer; Black Widow; Bookworm; Cabala; Calamity Jan; Chandell; Clock King; Colonel Gumm; Egghead; False Face; King Tut; Lola Lasagne; Lord Marmaduke Pflogg; Louie the Lilac; Ma Parker; Marsha, Queen of Diamonds; The Mad Hatter; Minerva; The Minstrel; Mr. Freeze; Nora Clavicle; Olga, Queen of the Cossacks; Lady Penelope Peasoup; The Puzzler; Sandman; Shame; Siren; Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft and Zelda the Great.

RATINGS BOX                                                            

Live+7 Day Ratings – November 4, 2019
“The Little Mermaid Live!” Ranks in Top 10 of Adult 18-49 Gainers – Click here

Live+Same Day Ratings
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Live+35 Weekly Ratings: ‘This Is Us’, ‘The Good Doctor’ and ‘American Horror Story: 1984’ Lead Fall 2019 Premiere Week – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUCEMENTS

Fox Stations to Launch Nick Cannon Talk Show
Current “The Masked Singer” host Nick Cannon is stepping into the crowed waters of syndicated talk. Fox Television Stations will serve as the launch group for Cannon’s untitled show, which comes from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury. The show, targeted for fall 2020, will air twice daily on Fox-owned affiliates in some of the country’s biggest markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Debmar-Mercury is the home of long-running daytime talker “The Wendy Williams Show,” which Cannon has guest hosted.

The focus on the series will be on Cannon’s take on the latest in trending pop culture stories and celebrity interviews.

CBS to Develop Comedy “Ghosts”
CBS is developing a single-camera adaptation of British comedy “Ghosts,” which follows a young couple whose dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to find it’s both falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents. The proposed series comes from “New Girl” co-exec producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, and comes from Lionsgate and BBC Studios.

Fox Puts Comedy “Every Other Weekend” in Development
Fox has put in development “Every Other Weekend,” a half-hour single-camera comedy that follows four single moms who try to reclaim their fun, sexy selves two weekends a month after discovering that their custody weekends are in sync.

It comes from Adrienne Carter (“Everybody Hates Chris”), Will Packer Media and Fox Entertainment’s Sidecar Content Accelerator, and is inspired by Carter’s short flight web series , of the same name, executive produced by Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) and starring Carter, Ryan Michelle Bathé (“This Is Us”) and Kimberly Hébert Gregory (“Vice Principals”).

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Showtime Orders Season Two of Comedy “Back to You”
Showtime has greenlit a second season of comedy “Back to You,” which comes from “Fleabag” producers Harry and Jack Williams of Two Brothers Pictures.

In the first season of “Back To You,” Daisy Haggard as Miri Matteson returns home after 18 years behind bars and stumbles back into adult life in the coastal town she once knew, while the mystery of her past looms large. Miri’s first few weeks out of prison see her trying (and frequently failing) to lead a normal life in her picturesque but claustrophobic seaside hometown. Miri attempts to rekindle old relationships, make new ones, look for work and readjust to life outside, while desperately waiting for the world to forget about what happened that fateful night.

Guiding Miri as she tries to adapt are a cast of offbeat and intriguing characters with secrets of their own, including her sexually frustrated mother, Caroline (Geraldine James), her obsessive environmentalist father, Oscar (Richard Durden), and her parole officer with no filter, Janice (Jo Martin). We also meet first love Dom (Jamie Michie), ex-best friend Mandy (Christine Bottomley), next-door neighbor Billy (Adeel Akhtar) and fish and chips shop owner and new boss Nathan (Liam Williams).

Nickelodeon Greenlights “Blue’s Clues & You!” For Season Two
Nickelodeon has placed an order for 20 new episodes of preschool targeted “Blue’s Clues & You!” The second season of “Blue’s Clues & You!” will follow Josh (Josh Dela Cruz) and puppy Blue on brand-new adventures with friends old and new.  The new season will also feature special appearances by Steve (Steve Burns), Joe (Donovan Patton), and Josh’s Lola (Carolyn Fe)–his grandmother–along with even more singing and dancing, exploration, celebration, and of course clues that empower preschoolers to help their friends.

TV UPDATES

One-Season Wonders: 10 Prematurely Canceled TV Shows That Deserved Better – Click here

Impact Humanity Film and Television Festival Sheds Light on Humanitarian Issues – Click here

SPORTS

2019 College Football Week 12 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Science Channel will launch “The Explosion Show, with “MythBuster’s” Tory Belleci and stuntman “Streetbike” Tommy Passemante on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Each week, the series gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the many ways explosions exist in our everyday. From suiting up with the heroic Riverside, CA Sheriff Bomb Squad, who are tasked with disarming and detonating bombs that threaten public safety, to orchestrating their very own fireworks show, or plunging into the movie magic behind some of the most iconic Hollywood explosions, Tory and Tommy leave no fuse unlit.”

Nat Geo’s newly imagined “Brain Games” will premiere on Monday, January 7, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET. Host Keegan-Michael Key guides celebrities through fun challenges, mind-boggling illusions, and eye-opening demonstrations. Inside each episode, Key — along with world-famous mentalist Lior Suchard and field science correspondent Cara Santa Maria — is joined by celebrity guests including Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Jack Black, Mark Cuban, Ted Danson, Tiffany Haddish, Dax Shepard, Meghan Trainor, and Rebel Wilson, as they discover the untapped potential of our brains and reveal the science behind the tricks our own minds can play on us.

REELZ will debut two-part four-hour documentary “The Lost Unabomber Tapes” on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 beginning with part one “Campaign of Terror” and part two “Capture and Conviction” premiering the following night on Monday, January 27. In a never-before-heard prison interview conducted in 1999 just three months into serving multiple life sentences for killing three people and wounding 23 others, Ted Kaczynski describes in chilling detail the origins and execution of his personal war against society, his disdain for the FBI investigators who tracked him for 17 years and his hope for modern radicalism and terrorism.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The “Mad About You” reboot bows on Spectrum Originals… Season finales: “Heartland” on UP; “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Cake” on FXX…

For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, November 20 click here