ON THIS DAY
“Roots: The Next Generations,” which was set two years after “Roots” made television history, debuted on ABC in 1979. The story resumed in 1882, when Tom Harvey (Georg Stanford Brown), the great grandson of Kunta Kinte, became a prominent leader of the black community in Hennings, Tennessee…
Yoko Ono is 87;
Cybill Shepherd is 70;
John Travolta is 66; “Wheel of Fortune’s” Vanna White is 63;
Matt Dillon is 56;
Molly Ringwald is 52; “Shameless” star
Jeremy Allen White is 29.
Did You Know?:
Molly Ringwald is remembered for appearing in season one of NBC’s “The Facts of Life” at age 12. But, to-date, she has appeared as a regular on three other TV series: ABC sitcom “Townies” in 1996, ABC Family’s “The Secret of the American Teenager” from 2008 to 2013, and “Riverdale” on The CW at present.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Netflix Acquires “The Life Ahead” with Sophia Loren
Netflix has acquired the global rights to film “The Life Ahead,” starring Sophia Loren as a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business who takes in a 12-year-old Senegalese Muslim street kid who robbed her. Co-written by Ugo Chiti (“Dogman”) and Carlo Ponti, the film is a contemporary adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel “The Life Before Us.”
ABC Orders Comedy Pilot “Adopted”
ABC has greenlit a single-camera comedy pilot called “Adopted” from ABC Studios and Kimmelot co-written and executive produced by Jimmy Kimmel. Inspired by a true story and also written by “The Green Beret’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse” creators, executive producers and stars Shawn Vance and Daril Fannin, the proposed series follows a Green Beret who returns home to Texas from military service as he and his family struggle with the challenges of adopting his new brother, a 12-year-old Russian boy.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Netflix Cancels “Insatiable”
Netflix has opted against a third season or of dark comedy “Insatiable.” The series followed Patty (Debby Ryan), who for years has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself.
In addition to Ryan, the series starred Dallas Roberts, Alyssa Milano, Christopher Gorham, Erinn Westbrook, Michael Provost, Kimmy Shields, Irene Choi, and Sarah Colonna. Lauren Gussis created the series and served as executive producer alongside Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay, Todd Hoffman, and Dennis Kim. CBS Television Studios produced the show.
Netflix and Warner Bros. In Talks for Sixth Season of “Lucifer”
Netflix originally announced that the fifth season of “Lucifer” would be the final season. The streaming service revived the drama for seasons four and five after Fox canceled it. But Netflix and Warner Bros. are now in talks about a potential sixth season.
The upcoming fifth season will be released on Netflix in two batched of eight episodes later this year.
M*A*S*H” Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies at 72 After Cancer Battle
Kellye Nakahara, the actress known for playing Nurse Kellye on CBS’ long-running “M*A*S*H,” has died from complications from cancer. She was 72. Her death was confirmed on the Facebook page for her art studio, Kellye Wallett Studio.
Nakahara was born in Oahu, Hawaii, and moved to San Francisco as a young adult to pursue a career in art. In 1973, she was cast in her breakout role on “M*A*S*H*, originally simply as “Nurse #1.” That role turned into Nurse Kellye Yamato, in which she appeared on the show for its entire run through 1983. In all, she appeared in 167 episodes.
Later in her acting career, Nakahara appeared in movies like “Clue” in 1985 and the 1998 version of “Doctor Doolittle” with Eddie Murphy.
Nakahara was also a watercolor artist who painted and exhibited under her married name, Kellye Wallett. Her death comes just weeks after M*A*S*H co-creator Gene Reynods passed away at age 96.
Nakahara is survived by her husband David Wallace, their two children, Nalaani and William, and four grandchildren.
“Sex and the City” Star Lynn Cohen Dies at 86
Lynn Cohen, who is remembered for portraying Magda, the housekeeper and nanny working for Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) on “Sex and City City,” died Friday in New York City. She was 86.
Born in Kansas City, Cohen had roles in several big screen projects including Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the second movie based on the dystopian trilogy. She had also acted in several short films, including “Artemis & the Astronaut,” and guest-starred on the small screen in series like “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Damages, and, most recently, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Showtime comedy special “More Funny Women of a Certain Age” will premiere on Saturday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET. The hour will feature Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”), Carol Leifer (“Seinfeld”), Carole Montgomery (“Comics Unleashed”), Julia Scotti (“America’s Got Talent”) and Thea Vidale (“Last Comic Standing”).
Drama “Killing Eve” will return for season three on AMC and BBC America on Sunday, April 26 at 10 p.m. ET. The series stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw and Kim Bodnia and is produced for BBC AMERICA by Sid Gentle Films Ltd.
Season two of romantic reality/competition “Love Island” will open on CBS on Thursday, May 21 from 8-10 p.m. Following the premiere, one-hour episodes will air six nights per week in the 8 p.m. ET hour, including five originals plus a new weekly recap show on Saturdays. Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman will return with an all-new cast of Islanders for the U.S. version of the international reality sensation. The series is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
truTV debuts “Hot Ones: The Game Show”…Season finales: “Washington” on History; “Body Cam” on ID…The 5 broadcast networks are in all originals…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, February 18, click here