August 4, 2020
Attempting to capitalize on the popularity of “Dallas,“ NBC premiered the daytime drama “Texas” in 1980. The spinoff of another NBC daytime soap “Another World” lasted only two years…Michael Landon’s final series, “Highway to Heaven,” concluded on NBC in 1989. It ran for five seasons…Crime drama “One West Waikiki” starring Cheryl Ladd as a forensic expert debuted on CBS in 1994. It aired six episodes on the broadcast network before it headed into syndication in the fall of 1995 where an additional 13 episodes had aired…Two syndicated late night talk shows debuted in 1997 in search of the audience missing Arsenio Hall: “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show” and “Vibe,” which was based on the magazine of the same name. Both did not last one full season.
“Sex, Lies and Videotape“, the provocative adult drama starring Andie MacDowell and James Spader opened in limited release in 1989. It was the directorial breakthrough film for Steven Soderbergh and it was the winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival… Academy Award-nominated family flick “Babe” was released in 1995.
Elvis Presley released single “Hound Dog” in 1956...John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording “Double Fantasy” in 1980…Prince’s “Purple Rain” album went #1 and stayed in the top spot for 24 weeks…“Dreamgirls” closed at the Imperial Theater New York City after 1522 performances in 1985…The soundtrack to the film “Dirty Dancing” was released in 1987. It feature the hits “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen, “She’s Like The Wind” by the film’s star Patrick Swayze and the Academy Award-winning Best Original Song of the Year, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes…Reaching No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart: “The Morning After” by Maureen McGovern in 1973; Mariah Carey‘s debut solo studio single “Vision of Love” in 1990; “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child in 2001.
Actress Tina Cole (“My Three Sons”) is 77; actor-comedian Richard Belzer (“Law & Order: SVU”) is 76; Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton is 65; actress Kym Karath (“The Sound of Music”) is 62; “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” producer Michael Gelman is 59; President Barack Obama is 59; actress Lauren Tom (“Friends”) is 59; legendary baseball pitcher Roger Clemens is 58; former “Hawaii Five-O” star Daniel Dae Kim is 52; male model Marcus Schenkenberg is 52; American race car driving legend Jeff Gordon is 49; “Dancing With the Star’s” Kym Johnson is 44; NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is 42; actress Meghan Markle (“Suits”) is 39; actress Abigail Spencer (“Timeless”) is 39; actors Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse (“Suite Life of Zack and Cody”) are both 28.
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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Nat Geo Announces Documentary “Blood on the Wall”
National Geographic has greenlit documentary “Blood on the Wall from Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, which explores the internal and external influences on Mexico as it deals with the key issues of migrant caravans from Central America heading to the U.S., the dangerous but resilient traffickers fueling the cross-border drug trade and how corruption has impacted politics at every level. The logline: Featuring unprecedented first-person accounts from migrants on the road, farmers, narcos, security enforcers, journalists, presidents and diplomats, “Blood on the Wall” tells the story of how traffickers, corrupt politicians and well-positioned business interests have seized wealth and power, leaving everyday citizens desperately fighting for survival or needing to flee elsewhere for a better life.
“Blood on the Wall,” which debuts on Wednesday, September 30, is National Geographic’s second collaboration with filmmakers and producing partners Junger and Quested following the 2017 duPont-winning feature documentary “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis.”
Nat Geo Acquires Film “City So Real”
National Geographic announced the acquisition of “City So Real,” an official Indie Episodic selection at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, set to premiere on the network this fall. From filmmaker Steve James (“America to Me,” “Hoop Dreams”) and his longtime producing partner Zak Piper (“Life Itself,” “The Interrupters”), this portrait of contemporary Chicago is set against the backdrop of its history-making 2019 mayoral election.
The logline: The series begins in the haze of mid-summer 2018, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, embroiled in accusations of a cover-up related to the police shooting of an African-American teenager, Laquan McDonald, shocks the city by announcing he won’t seek reelection. An unprecedented 21 candidates emerge in a diverse and crowded field as they engage in a no-holds-barred battle for a chance to shape the city’s uncertain future.
From the summer of 2018 through the spring of 2019, James, Piper, as well as James’ son, filmmaker Jackson James, and their team followed the historic, often contentious mayoral election. Scenes from the streets, luxury high-rises, barbershops, campaign offices and nightclubs are juxtaposed by editors David E. Simpson (“America to Me”) and James to create a mosaic of life in the Midwest’s most racially, culturally and economically diverse city.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Amazon Orders Second Season of Conspiracy Thriller “Hunters”
Amazon Studios has greenlit a second season of the Amazon Original series “Hunters,” the conspiracy thriller created by David Weil and executive produced by Jordan Peele, to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The first season of “Hunters,” starring Al Pacino, Logan Lerman, and Jerrika Hinton, premiered February 21.
The debut season of “Hunters” followed a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the United States.
The series also stars Josh Radnor, Kate Mulvany, Tiffany Boone, Greg Austin, Louis Ozawa, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Dylan Baker and Lena Olin. Season one of “Hunters,” produced by Amazon Studios, Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment, was executive produced by David Weil who served as co-showrunner alongside executive producer Nikki Toscano. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed the pilot and was an executive producer alongside Win Rosenfeld from Monkeypaw Productions; Nelson McCormick; and David Ellender from Sonar Entertainment.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
Why Emmy Loves Netflix…and Amazon, Hulu, Disney Plus…and Even Quibi – Click here
Primetime Emmy Award Nominations – Netflix Leads the Pack – Click here
One-Season Wonders: 10 Prematurely Canceled TV shows That Deserved Better – Click here
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte – Click here
2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs National TV Schedule – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The new season of “Alaskan Bush People” will open on Discovery on Sunday, August 23 at 8 p.m. ET. The logline: It’s a race against time as the Browns attempt to build the centerpiece to their growing ranch during the worst winter conditions since leaving Alaska. As the family struggles to protect themselves, their animals, and critical infrastructure from the extreme freeze, a new member enters the family as brother Gabe welcomes his first child to the wilderness.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Bandish Bandits” and “Mystery Lab” on Netflix; “What’s It Worth?” and “Extreme Unboxing” on A+E…Season premieres: “Backyard Envy” on Bravo; “Chopped Sweets” on Food…“The Murder Tapes” concludes for the season on ID…For the complete schedule for Tuesday, August 4, click here