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Netflix and Quibi Announce New Series; More “Godfather of Harlem” on EPIX

ON THIS DAY – Thursday, February 13, 2020

Betty White guest starred on NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” in 1985 and was mistaken as Sue Ann Nivens from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” by a patient…Shelley Long reprised her role as Diane Chambers from “Cheers” on spin-off “Frasier” in 1996. She appeared in four episodes in total on “Frasier”…Fox drama “Dollhouse,” produced by Joss Whedon, debuted in 2009 and aired for two half seasons…

Celebrity Birthdays: Talk show host Jerry Springer is 76; actress Stockard Channing is also 76; actress Mena Suvari (“American Beauty”) is 41.

Did You Know?:
“St. Elsewhere” ended its third season on March 27, 1985 with a crossover scene with Drs. Westphall (Ed Flanders), Auschlander (Norman Lloyd) and Craig (William Daniels) having drinks at the bar featured on sitcom “Cheers.” At the time, Norman Lloyd was 71 years old. At present he is 105. For a look, click here

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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Quibi Announces New Series with Celebrity Mentalist Lior Suchard
Upcoming streamer Quibi, which launches on April 6, and Fulwell 73 Productions has ordered a docuseries called “Gone Mental with Lior” showcasing celebrity mentalist Lior Suchard. The logline: The series follows famed mentalist Lior Suchard as he enters the minds of celebrities. Episodes will feature Ben Stiller, Rob Gronkowski, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel and more.

The executive producers are Ben Winston, Eric Pankowski, Emma Conway, and Lior Suchard.

Netflix Greenlights Naomi Osaka Documentary Series
Netflix has announced an upcoming docuseries highlight Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka. The series, which does not have a launch date at present, will cover Osaka’s pivotal year, from the US Open in August last year, on tour as Osaka plays in each of this year’s Grand Slam tournaments, and prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The show is presented in association with Uninterrupted, an athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron and Maverick Carter, and produced by Endeavor Content-owned Film 45.

Netflix Orders Preschool Series “Mighty Express”
Netflix and Spin Master Corp. have announced a new CG animated preschool series titled “Mighty Express.” The new show, from “PAW Patrol” creator Keith Chapman, takes place in a world where kids run the stations and work together with the Mighty Express on adventures. Netflix has ordered 52 11-minute episodes, with the expected due date next September.

Spin Master Entertainment executive vice president Jennifer Dodge will executive produce along with Spin Master’s co-founder and co-CEO Ronnen Harary. Animation will be provided by Atomic Cartoons.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

EPIX Renews “Godfather of Harlem” for Season 2
Drama “Godfather of Harlem,” starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, has been renewed for a second season at Epix. Production on the 10-episode second season, created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, will begin production in New York later in 2020.

The series centers around a story inspired by infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from eleven years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

In addition to Whitaker, who is also an executive producer, season one cast members included Vincent D’Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera, Nigél Thatch, Giancarlo Esposito, Lucy Fry, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Rafi Gavron, and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy.

“Godfather of Harlem” hails from ABC Signature Studios and is executive produced Nina Yang Bongiovi, James Acheson, Markuann Smith and Joe Chappelle. Swizz Beatz serves as executive music producer, while Brancato serves as showrunner.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

EPIX Renews “Godfather of Harlem” for Season 2
Drama “Godfather of Harlem,” starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, has been renewed for a second season at Epix. Production on the 10-episode second season, created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, will begin production in New York later in 2020.

The series centers around a story inspired by infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from eleven years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

In addition to Whitaker, who is also an executive producer, season one cast members included Vincent D’Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera, Nigél Thatch, Giancarlo Esposito, Lucy Fry, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Rafi Gavron, and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy.

“Godfather of Harlem” hails from ABC Signature Studios and is executive produced Nina Yang Bongiovi, James Acheson, Markuann Smith and Joe Chappelle. Swizz Beatz serves as executive music producer, while Brancato serves as showrunner.

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte
Discussion about new and returning shows in mid-February 2020: Live episode of “The Conners” (ABC), “For Love” (ABC), “Katy Keene” (CW), “Indebted” (NBC), “Tommy” (CBS), “Survivor: Winners at War” (CBS), “American Idol” (ABC), “Good Girls” (NBC), and “NBA All-Star Game” honoring Kobe Bryant (TNT) . Click here

Lauren Graham Cast in Disney+’ “The Mighty Ducks”
Lauren Graham has been cast in the lead role in the new Disney+ series “The Mighty Ducks.”  Graham will star as Alex and Brady Noon is set to portray her son, Evan. Based on the ‘90s hit franchise, the 10-episode original series begins production this month in Vancouver and will premiere later this year on the streaming service. Graham is also a co-executive producer on the series.

The logline: In present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan (Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom Alex (Graham) set out to build their own ragtag team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of competitive youth sports.

This Live Show Puts Blind Dates in Front of an Audience
The New York City-based live show “UpDating” pairs two single people for a blind date in front of an audience. The 3rd hour of NBC’s “Today” sat down with creators Brandon Berman and Harrison Forman to find out about this new way to look for love. For a look, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Six-part drama “Beforeigners” will launch on HBO Now and HBO Go on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The logline: A new phenomenon starts happening all over the world. Powerful flashes of light occur in the ocean, and people from the past appear from three time periods; the stone age, the Viking age, and the late 1800s. No one understands how this is possible, and the people from the past, called “beforeigners”, have no memory of what’s transpired. A couple of years later, Alfhildr, who comes from the Viking Age, is teamed up with burned-out police officer Lars Haaland as part of the police department’s integration program. While investigating the murder of a woman with Stone Age tattoos, Lars and Alfhildr make unexpected discoveries.

“Little People, Big World” will open a new season on TLC on Tuesday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET. The scoop: After Matt partially buys out Amy’s stake in Roloff Farms, she decides that living 500 feet from her ex-husband no longer suits her lifestyle and embarks upon a journey to find a new home, and by extension, a new life. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Chris has a different milestone in mind—one that involves a diamond ring! But it’s not just Amy whose life is transforming; right as Zach and Tori are getting the hang of being parents to son Jackson, they find out Tori is pregnant again—this time with a little girl! But this pregnancy proves far more difficult than her first, as Zach and Tori await the news of whether or not their baby will be a little person. On the other side of the farm, Matt and his girlfriend Caryn are figuring out what their future together looks like, and while a lot is up in the air, keeping up with the farm is still a top priority.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Love Is Blind” on Netflix; “On Point” on Crackle; “Man With a Van” on ID…Season premieres: “Narcos” on Netflix; “In Ice Cold Blood” on Oxygen…