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Netflix and HBO Max Announce New Series; The Cast of “The Facts of Life” Reunites in Lifetime Holiday Movie

Programming Insider by Marc BermanTuesday, October 22, 2019

ON THIS DAY
NBC presented the first televised professional football game in 1939, which was a match-up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The game took place at the Dodgers’ home field, Ebbets Field…

Celebrity Birthdays:

“Taxi” star Christopher Lloyd is 81
actor Jeff Goldblum is 67
“Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is 44.

 

Did You Know?
Christopher Lloyd’s first movie role was as a psychiatric patient in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next” in 1975. His role as Reverend Jim Igantowski on “Taxi” was originally planned as a one-shot guest appearance in season two. He ended up staying for the sitcom’s remaining four seasons and won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

RATINGS BOX                                                           

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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Netflix Orders Drama “Grand Army”
Netflix has given a 10-episode straight to series order to drama “Grand Army,” which will debut in 2020 is described as a ride-along with the generation shaping our future. It revolves around five students at the largest public high school in Brooklyn as they wrestle with sexual, racial and economic politics and fight to succeed, strive, wild out, break free and become somebody.

The cast includes Odessa A’zion (“Fam”), Amalia Yoo (“Slut: The Play”), Maliq Johnson (“When They See Us”), Amir Bageria (“Degrassi: Next Class”) and Odley Jean (“Her Story Uncut”).

NBC Gives Pilot Commitment to Drama “The Mother-In-Law”
NBC has handed a put pilot commitment to thriller drama “The Mother-In-Law” based on Sally Hepworth’s novel, from “The Path” creator Jessica Goldberg, Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite production company, 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal TV, where Goldberg and Paper Kite are under deals.

Written by Goldber, “The Mother-In-Law” explores motherhood, class, race and how dangerous family secrets can be through a woman’s complicated relationship with her husband’s family that ends in death.  Goldberg executive produces with Hepworth, Poehler and Kate Arend for Paper Kite, and Dave Becky for 3 Arts Entertainment. Universal TV is the studio.

HBO Max Orders Docuseries “The Ho’s”
Upcoming streamer HBO Max has greenlit a docuseries from Lionsgate TV called “The Ho’s” (working title). The inaugural season of this comedic, full-hearted doc style series in the spirit of “Crazy Rich Asians” will include 8 thirty-minute episodes.

The logline: Led by patriarch Binh Ho and his wife, Hue Ho, the power couple immigrated from Vietnam to the United States with little money, relying on hard work to establish the ultimate American dream. They have built a multi-million dollar bank, a real estate development company and a new generation of American Ho’s. The series pulls back the curtain of their lavish Houston lifestyle and showcases the tight family connections that unite them as well as the multi-generational outrageous drama that ensues. While Binh and Hue have laid down a golden foundation for their children, Judy Ho and Washington Ho (yes, named after the nation’s founding father and whose kids are named Lincoln and Roosevelt), they are not exempt from the constant pressure to achieve and to live up to their parents’ lofty expectations. Despite the power struggles, at the end of the day, the Ho household is filled with love, laughter, and a few designer handbags, of course.

From Wallin Chambers Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television, the series is executive produced by Katy Wallin and Stephanie Bloch Chambers. Amanda Ly and Rosalina Lydster serve as co-executive producers with casting by Peter Huntley.

TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES

The Cast of “The Facts of Life” Reunites for Lifetime Holiday Movie
Four of the original stars of NBC 1980s sitcom “The Facts of Life” — Lisa Whelchel (Blair), Kim Fields (“Tootie”), Mindy Cohn (Natalie) and Nancy McKeon (Jo) — are reuniting (outside of their original characters) in original Lifetime holiday movie “Light Up My Christmas.”

Based on a true story, the movie tells the story of Emma (Fields), a woman who helps remind her hometown about the importance of embracing the holidays spirit. Tt was the idea of Fields, the film’s star and executive producer, to invite her former cast members from the iconic 80s sitcom to star alongside her.

“You Light Up My Christmas” will premiere Sunday, December 1 on Lifetime as part of the channel’s annual holiday themed programming, “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime,” which airs Oct. 25 through Dec. 25. The marathon features 30 holiday movie premieres.

“We truly are a family so it was great to work together on something new!,” said Fields to PEOPLE.

Christmas in October Signals Another Early Start For The Annual Celebration – Click here

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte 
This week’s top of conversation includes The World Series on Fox, the start of the NBA season, HBO drama “Watchmen” and new TBS game “The Misery Index” featuring Joe Gato, Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray and Sal Volcano from “Impractical Jokers.” To listen, click here

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SPORTS

2019 NFL Regular Season Week 8 TV and Announcer Schedule
The Green Bay Packers face the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL100 Game of the Week on Sunday Night Football (NBC, Oct. 27 8:20 p.m. ET). Green Bay is undefeated away from home this season, prevailing against NFC powers Chicago and Dallas. Green Bay has tasted victory at Arrowhead Stadium since 2007. Kansas City begins a homestand

For the complete Week 8 NFL regular season schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers), click here

2019 MLB Postseason TV Schedule on Fox, FS1 and TBS
For the baseball  playoff baseball schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers (all times Eastern; subject to change), click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“Hot Properties: San Diego,” featuring realtor Seth O’Byrne, real estate agent Mia Tidwell and contractor Andrew White, will debut on HGTV on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 10 p.m. ET. The trio takes big risks to help homeowners sell and renovate properties in the greater San Diego area. The logline: Throughout the season, the team will execute gorgeous home renovations and unconventional promotional stunts to wow clients and deliver top dollar. In one memorable moment, the team transports potential buyers to a house tour via a private yacht, while in another, they install a putting green and tiki bar to showcase the listing’s resort-style vibe.

“Famously Afraid” which features stars tell their terrifying, true tales of coming face-to-face with unexplained phenomena, will launch on Travel Channel on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. ET.  The logline: Featuring personal and unexpected interviews with celebrities and additional witnesses, a huge variety of stars from championship athletes to Emmy Award-winning actors offer a front-row seat to the most horrifying and emotionally-draining experiences of their lives. In each episode, three celebrities tell their seriously scary tales with the paranormal and prove that no one is safe from the bizarre, unexplainable and frightening mysteries that lurk around every corner.

Three-night (and six episode) holiday sitcom event “The Moodys,” starring Denis Leary (“Rescue Me,” “Animal Kingdom”) and Elizabeth Perkins (“Sharp Objects,” “Weeds”) will premiere on Fox on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET. Back-to-back episodes will air on the three nights. The logline: “The Moodys”  follows a tight-knit, but slightly dysfunctional family of five, all of whom gather in their hometown of Chicago for the “perfect” holiday. From break-ups to arrests to sharing one bathroom, each family member is packing his/her own eccentricities and hiding secrets from the others – as if the holidays were all about carols and eggnog!

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Game 1 of “The World Series” airs on Fox…ABC offers Diane Sawyer special, “The Douglas Dynasty: Fame, Addiction, Finding Home”…Series premieres: “Fixer to Fabulous” on HGTV; “Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin” on ID; “The Misery Index” on TBS…“Shattered” opens new season on ID…“In a Man’s World” concludes for the season on Bravo…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, October 22 click here