In 1954, Ernest Borgnine made his network television debut on dramatic anthology “Ford Theatre”…“The Wide World of Sports” debuted on ABC in 1961…The Broadway musical “My Fair Lady” opened for its first night in London, with Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, and Julie Andrews playing Eliza Doolittle...Controversial Broadway musical “Hair” opened at the Biltmore Theater in Broadway in 1968…Syndicated daytime talker “Donahue,” hosted by Phil Donahue, relocated to Chicago in 1974…The Vietnam War came to an official end in 1975…The final episode of the original “Battlestar Galactica” aired on ABC in 1979 after one season. When the fans protested, it was revived as “Galactica 1980” with 10 new episodes in 1980. Next was the revival of “Battlestar: Galactica” as a two-night miniseries on Syfy in 2003, which morphed into a regularly scheduled series from 2005 to 2010…CBS military drama “JAG,” which spun-off “NCIS,” concluded its 10 season run in 2005. After original home NBC opted against a second season, it moved to CBS for another nine seasons…Donovan Patton became the new host of Nickelodeon’s “Blues Clues” in 2002, replacing Steve Burns…NBC sitcom “Empty Nest” concluded it’s eight season run in 1995. Contrary to common belief, this was not a spin-off from “The Golden Girls.” Prior to “Empty Nest,” there was a pilot produced called “Empty Nests,” starring Rita Moreno and Paul Dooley, that would have been a spin-off but did not move forward. Rita Moreno refers to this as the “worst acting job she ever had”…Cable network TV Land was launched in 1996. Owned by MTV Networks, the original emphasis was on classic television shows from the Paramount library.
Country singer Willie Nelson is 87; “Three’s Company” star Richard Kline is 76; “SNL’s” Nora Dunn is 68; Jerry Seinfeld is 66; “Will & Grace’s” Leslie Jordan is 65; “Star Trek: Voyager” star Kate Mulgrew is also 65; Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is 63; actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 62; “The Brady Bunch” star Eve Plumb is also 62; Singer and daytime talk show host Carnie Wilson is 52; actress Uma Thurman (“Pulp Fiction”) is 50; tennis player Andre Agassi is also 50.
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TBS Orders “Wipeout” Revival
TBS has greenlit a revival of competition game show “Wipeout,” features contestants competing in wildly creative and hilariously out-of-the box obstacle courses. The series originally aired on ABC from 2008 to 2014.
The re-imagined series will feature new format twists and elements that will push contestants’ athleticism and willpower to even greater extremes, all while delivering some pretty epic fails! Each game has been designed into three rounds and now features a three-stage, obstacle course consisting of multiple strategy and decision points designed to further challenge, and wear out, the stamina of the competitors. Returning to the game, an iconic staple with many surprises, are the big red balls, back with a vengeance.
Twenty episodes of the “Wipeout” revival have been ordered.
Netflix Orders Anthology “Social Distance”
The creative team behind “Orange is the New Black” — Jenji Kohan, Hilary Weisman Graham, Diego Velasco, Tara Herrmann and Blake McCormick — have created “Social Distance,” a new scripted anthology series for Netflix about the experiences of living in social distance. The show will be shot with crews working remotely and the talent involved will film themselves.
“Our job as storytellers is to reflect reality, and in this new, bizarre, bewildering reality we are all experiencing, we feel passionate about finding connection as we all remain at a distance,” the producers said. “We’ve been inspired to create an anthology series that tells stories about the current moment we are living through — the unique, personal, deeply human stories that illustrate how we are living apart, together.”
“The experience of social distancing is currently universal, but no individual story is the same. Through a broad spectrum of tales and moments, some seismic and some mundane, we hope to capture a moment in time. And we hope that ‘Social Distance’ will help people feel closer to one another,” they added.
YouTube Live Launches “The SocialGtv”
Streamer YouTube Live will present “The SocialGtv,” from Emmy winners Ann Marie Williams-Gray and Christopher Gray every Thursday at 3pm ET. The series is an international live, from our homes, streaming event where we gather together, stay-in, connect, share, help others and talk things out in a safe space to take the sting out of social distancing and do our part to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Each streaming event features workouts, health news, life tips, breaking news, food, fun, tech, gadgets, activities, hacks, trends, moms, dance, music, kids, celebrities, giveaways, viral moments and a look at what people are doing on a daily basis.
“The SocialGtv” is hosted by a rotating group of celebrities, comedians, chefs, moms, kids, millennials, influencers, DJs, sports figures, doctors, nurses, health correspondents, social correspondents and influencers from around the world.
Donations from our Streaming for Good event go to Feeding America.
Netflix Renews “Queen Sono” for Season 2
Netflix has greenlit drama “Queen Sono,” which was the streamer’s first script to screen original production from Africa. In the second season, we will see Queen (Pearl Thusi), a South African spy with a complicated personal life, search for the truth as her newfound need for revenge takes her on a mission across Africa while she deals with her family’s past and her complicated love life. The remaining cast — Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana and Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa — are all expected to return.
“Queen Sono” is created by South African actor, comedian and director Kagiso Lediga.
Netflix will soon debut another African original globally, “Blood & Water,” which a young adult drama series set in Cape Town, South Africa. The company also previously announced its first Nigerian original series by Nigerian director, Akin Omotoso as well as an animated project, “Mama K’s Team Four.”
PIPodcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte
Discussion about current and upcoming shows in late April/early May 2020: “Parks and Recreation” special (NBC), “All Rise” (CBS), “Outer Banks” (Netflix), “The Willoughbys” (Netflix), “Extraction” (Netflix), “Hollywood” (Netflix), “Upload” (Amazon). To listen, click here
Pop TV, which revived the reboot of the revival of Norman Lear sitcom “One Day at a Time” for a fourth season, has announced the production of an animated special based on the series. “In my 97 years, I’ve never known of a multi-cam comedy to animate a single episode as a special. Even this I get to experience,” said Norman Lear.
In response to COVID-19, production was put on hold so executive producer and co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett landed on the idea of an animated special. Production will be completed remotely and will premiere later this spring.
“One Day at a Time” is produced by Act III Productions, Inc., Snowpants Productions and GloNation in association with Sony Pictures Television, with Norman Lear, Mike Royce, Gloria Calderón Kellett and Brent Miller serving as executive producers.
FX will celebrate the season finale of comedy “Better Things” this evening with a six-episode marathon of Pamela Adlon’s favorite episodes from the first three seasons beginning at 7 p.m. ET. It leads into the season four finale at 10 p.m. ET, which will be available tomorrow on Hulu.
The 2020 “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina” will air on NBC on Sunday, May 17 from 8-10 p.m. ET, The logline: In celebration of man’s best friend and with the glamour only Beverly Hills can provide, the star-studded competition is co-hosted by award-winning TV personality, author and Broadway actor John O’Hurley and American Kennel Club-licensed judge and expert analyst David Frei. Mary Carillo, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Maria Menounos serve as contributors, and this year’s dog-loving celebrity guests include Lauren Ash, Brian Baumgartner, Reece Caddell, Jade Catta-Preta, Olivia Culpo, Ester Dean, Bo Derek, Doug the Pug, Parveen Kaur, MJ Javid & Tommy Feight, Nastia Liukin, and Greg Louganis.
Season two of NBC competition series “The Titan Games” will open on Monday, May 25, with a two-hour episode from 8-10 p.m. ET. Beginning June 1, it will begin airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. timeslot. Executive produced and hosted by Dwayne Johnson, the series offers everyday people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in head-to-head challenges designed to test the mind, body and heart. Inspired by Johnson’s desire to motivate global audiences to achieve their greatness, this unparalleled athletic competition gives men and women across the country the opportunity to step inside the Titan arena and push beyond their limits. celebrity guests to be announced at a later date.
Remembering Daniel Jon Greene
Daniel Jon Greene passed away on February 22, 2020, in his Santa Rosa Valley home, surrounded by his loving family, following a 3-year battle with cancer. He was 85 years old.
Dan was born on February 10, 1935, in Akron, Ohio, to Mildred (Neville) and Clifford Greene. His family later moved to Dallas, TX, where he spent his youth. Dan was honored to serve in the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army, an elite infantry unit specializing in parachute assault operations into hostile territories.
Following his military service, Dan enjoyed a brief acting career in NYC. He later worked for NBC (NY), before transferring to NBC West Coast in 1968. In 1974, he left NBC and established his own TV advertising business, PS Promotions, which continues to be a leader in the industry today. Dan was known and respected for his work in the television advertising industry. His unsurpassed integrity, kindness, and generous spirit will be remembered and cherished forever.
Dan had many creative interests, including sketching, watercolor painting, computer graphics, and cooking. He also enjoyed target practice at the range. He dearly loved his dogs and was the greatest supporter of his wife, Linda’s horse passion. Dan led by example in business and family, had an infectious sense of humor, told a great story, and mixed a fantastic margarita! He ended every phone call with his signature “phone hug,” a gesture that will be missed by many.
Dan is survived by his loving and devoted wife Linda (Pierson Greene); two sons, Kevin (wife Annie) and Darryl Greene; four grandchildren, Eli, Erika, Kailey and Riley; and brother Fred (wife Carolyn) Greene.
A Celebration of Life in Dan’s honor is being planned by his family, with the date to be determined after the current COVID-19 crisis is mitigated and gatherings are permitted again. In Dan’s memory, contributions may be made to the City of Hope, or an animal rescue or veterans’ organization of your choice.
Series premieres: “Extracurricular,“ “Nadiya’s Time to Eat” and “Summertime” on Netflix; “Normal People” on Hulu…“Destination Fear” returns for a new season on Travel…Season finales: “Black Ink Crew” on VH1; “Bride & Prejudice” on Lifetime…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, April 28, click here