ON THIS DAY – Friday, February 21, 2020
Early daytime drama “A Woman to Remember” premiered on the DuMont network in 1947. It moved from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET in May in that first season (out of “Captain Video and His Video Rangers”) and aired through July 15, 1949…The Jackson 5 made their debut on ABC’s “American Bandstand” in 1970…David Letterman returned to his CBS talker, “The Late Show with David Letterman,” in 2000 after a five-week absence for successful quintuple bypass surgery…Weekly live political talk show “Real Time with Bill Maher” debuted on HBO in 2003. The series followed the 2002 cancellation of Maher’s ABC series, “Politically Correct” (which originally debuted on Comedy Central)…
Actress Tyne Daly is 74…“Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer is 65; “9-1-1” star Jennifer Love Hewitt is 41; comedian Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele”) is also 41; Oscar nominee Ellen Page (“Juno”) is 33; actress Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones”) is 24.
Did You Know?:
“A Woman to Remember” is considered the second daytime soap opera inthe history of television. The first was an entry called “Faraway Hill,” which launched on the DuMont network on Oct. 2, 1946.
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NBC News and MSNBC Score The Most-Watched Democratic Debate Ever
NBC News and MSNBC combined score the most-watched Democratic debate ever, averaging nearly 20 million total viewers across the two networks this past Wednesday, according to Nielsen Fast National Data. The debate was also the top-rated Democratic debate ever in adults 25-54, and attracted 13.5 million live stream viewers, surpassing any previously hosted debate this election cycle. NBC News and MSNBC now claim the top two Democratic debates and top three Democratic debate nights.
The ninth DNC-sanctioned debate of the 2020 presidential election averaged 19.66 million television viewers, with 5.31 million in adults 25-54 and 4.26 million in adults 18-49 across NBC and MSNBC from 9-11 pm ET.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
NBC Greenlights “The Blacklist” for Season 8
NBC has announced an eighth season renewal for Friday night drama “The Blacklist.” “Congratulations to our incredible cast, producers and crew, all of whom continue to reach excellence week in and week out,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue Red and Liz’s story into season eight.”
Debuting on Sept. 23, 2013, “The Blacklist” follows James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, a former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, who voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding capture for decades. He tells the FBI that he has a list of the most dangerous criminals in the world that he has compiled over the years and is willing to inform on their operations in exchange for immunity from prosecution. However, he insists on working exclusively with a rookie FBI profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).
The seventh season will resume Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET with two back-to-back episodes.
Fox Renews “So You Think You Can Dance” for Season 17
Fox has greenlit summer reality/competition staple “So You Think You Can Dance” from Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, for a 17th season. Hosted by Cat Deeley, auditions for the new season will begin next month.
Selected dancers will be invited to attend auditions in Miami (March 19 and 20), New York (March 28 and 29) or Los Angeles (April 4 and 5). From those auditions, the dancers selected will be invited to Los Angeles to perform for judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Laurieann Gibson.
HGTV Renews “Fixer to Fabulous” for Season 2
HGTV has greenlit home renovation series “Fixer to Fabulous” for a second season, with an order for 13 new episodes. The new season will spotlight husband-wife Dave and Jenny Marrs as they overhaul historic homes in Northwest Arkansas, all while raising five young children and managing their family farm. Jenny is the creative influence behind their personalized renovations, while Dave spearheads the construction.
The new season of “Fixer to Fabulous” is scheduled to premiere in fall 2020.
A+E Greenlights “Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole” for Season 2
A&E Network has ordered a second season of the documentary series “Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole,” which tells the stories of convicted juvenile offenders who received mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole. Due to a recent United States Supreme Court ruling that such sentences for minors are unconstitutional, these inmates can now petition the court for a new sentencing hearing.
The upcoming second season will chronicle eight convicted offenders fighting for a second chance while also giving voice to the families of their victims who must grapple with the possibility that they could soon be released. The series posits the question, can juveniles who committed murder ever truly be rehabilitated? In each episode, viewers will hear testimony from leading psychologists, law enforcement, and legal experts as well as first-person interviews with the inmates themselves and the loved ones of their victims to understand the full scope of the crimes before the judge makes the final verdict.
The new season will premiere this Fall.
A+E Networks Launches “Crime Central”
A+E Networks has unveiled details of a new subscription video on demand (SVOD) offering that taps a growing consumer appetite for true crime content. “A+E Crime Central” is now available via Amazon Prime Video Channels, the Apple TV app, Cox Contour TV and Contour Stream Player and Premium Subscriptions on The Roku Channel allowing subscribers to stream hundreds of episodes of A+E’s classic crime series and specials from across its portfolio, commercial-free. Monthly subscriptions for A&E Crime Central are $4.99.
Spanning crime-genre content from A&E, History, Lifetime and LMN, over 900 videos of series and specials are available at platform launch, including “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” “The First 48: Missing Persons,” “After the First 48,” “Beyond Scared Straight,” “Nightwatch,” and “Cold Case Files Classic.” The first four seasons of “60 Days In” will also be available to complement the current season airing on A&E.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Fuse Media and Genius, the song lyrics destination and media company that delivers music knowledge to over 100 million people monthly, have announced a partnership that will bring Genius’s popular digital content to Fuse. “Genius x Fuse” will premiere on Wednesday, March 18. The series will feature the best of Genius’s artist-centric content, including Verified, Deconstructed, and For The Record With Rob Markman, along with other existing formats.
Six-part non-scripted “We’re Here,” which recruits small-town residents across America to participate in a one-night-only drag show, will launch on HBO on Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET. In each episode, renowned drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley will inspire and teach their own “drag daughters” to step outside their comfort zone for a night of no-holds-barred, full-on drag.
Spectrum Originals will begin streaming all 10-episodes of new gothic mystery series “Paradise Lost” on Monday, April 13. Set in small town Mississippi, this southern gothic mystery follows prodigal son, Yates Forsythe (Josh Hartnett), as he returns to his hometown with his wife, Frances (Bridget Regan) – a woman very new to this very old community. As explosive secrets become unearthed, Yates’ loyalties are tested as he struggles to choose between his past and his future.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Fresh Off the Boat” concludes on ABC…Seriers premieres: “Babies,” “Gentified,” “Glitch Techs” and “Puerta 7″ on Netflix; “Hunters” on Amazon; “Haunted in the Heartland” on Travel…Season premieres: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” on Disney+; “Gold Rush” on Discovery…For the listing of available programs for Friday, February 21, click here