“That’s Entertainment” opened at Edison Theater NYC for 4 performances…The 21st “Academy of Country Music Awards” aired in 1976. The winners included Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire…NBC sitcom “Teacher’s Only,” initially starring Norman Fell and Lynn Redgrave, opened in 1982. It aired for two seasons…Eddie Murphy exited “Saturday Night Live” in 1984…“Guys & Dolls” opened at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1143 performances in 1992…Variety-themed “The Jim Henson Hour” debuted on NBC in 1989. At the beginning of each episode, Jim Henson would enter an oddly-decorated set (alongside the Thought Lion puppet from his series “The Storyteller“) and introduce the evening’s show. Twelve episodes aired…“Married With Children” spin-off “Top of the Heap,” starring Joseph Bologna and Matt LeBlanc (pre-“Friends”) opened in 1991. It ran for just seven episodes, but continued in the form of spin-off “Vinnie and Bobby,” also featuring Matt LeBlanc. That failed comedy also aired for seven episodes…Ellen DeGeneres was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1997 with the words…”Yup, I’m Gay”…“Mad About You” star Paul Reiser attempted a sitcom comeback with “The Paul Reiser Show” on NBC in 2011. But the semi-autobiographical half-hour lasted only 2 episodes.
Celebrity Birthdays: County singer Loretta Lynn is 88; actress Julie Christie is 80; “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Brad Garrett is 60; former “Partridge Family” child actor Brian Forster is 60; actor Anthony Michael Hall (“The Breakfast Club”) is 52; Oscar winner Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”) is 47; “Buffy, the Vampire” star Sarah Michelle Gellar is 43; Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is 24.
-Did You Know?:
Paul Reiser’s first sitcom was “My Two Dads,” which aired on NBC from 1987 to 1990…In 1988, Adrien Brody, then 15, was featured on short-lived Mary Tyler Moore sitcom “Annie McGuire” as Lenny McGuire. The series followed newlyweds Annie and Nick McGuire (Denis Arndt), who both had kids from previous marriages…Brad Garrett’s first comedy was NBC sitcom “The Pursuit of Happiness” in 1995. It ran for seven episodes. Thirteen episodes were produced, but only seven aired.
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Netflix Orders Korean Zombie Series “All Of Us Are Dead”
Netflix has greenlit a new South Korean zombie drama titled “All of Us Are Dead,” based on Joo Dong-Geun’s 2009 horror webtoon series “Now at Our School.” The series, which will be co-directed by Lee JQ (“Beethoven Virus,” “Intimate Strangers”) and Kim Nam-Su from a script written by Chun Sung-il, will follow the story of a group of high school students who must fight for their survival as they get trapped inside their school that has now been infested with zombies.
“All Of Us Are Dead” will be produced by Film Monster and JTBC Studios (“Strong Women Do Bong-Soon,” “Sky Castle”) as part of the multi-year deal between the media company and Netflix which they’ve signed in 2019.
Quibi to Develop Drama “Good Boys and True”
New streamer Quibi is developing a drama called “Good Boys and True” from “Riverdale” and “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa based on his play of the same name. Described as a suspenseful drama about class, sexuality and identity which explores the dark side of privilege, “Good Boys and True” follows six people drawn together by a disturbing videotape that surfaces on the campus of the elite preparatory academy St. Joe’s School for Boys in the fall of 1988.
The potential series is being produced by Aguirre-Sacasa’s Muckle Man Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Fox Renews “9-1-1” and “9-1-1: Lone Star” for 2021-22
Fox has picked up drama “9-1-1” and spin-off “9-1-1: Lone Star” for the 2021-22 season from creators and executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, for the upcoming 2020-2021 television season, it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment. The series renewals allow 9-1-1 to enter its fourth season and 9-1-1 Lone Star to return for a second season.
The number of new episodes ordered for each drama has not been confirmed.
Discovery Makes Family Friendly Content Free to Stream
Discovery, and its affiliate and distribution partners, is making select family friendly shows and specials free and without commercials on Discovery’s streaming GO apps and sites. The “Family Favorites” collection includes full seasons of series from Discovery’s collection of networks (including Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Cooking Channel, and DIY). The content is commercial free and requires no sign-in.
The “Family Favorites” collection is available to stream on each of Discovery’s 13 individual network GO apps. Discovery’s portfolio of GO apps can be found in the App Store for iPhone, AppleTV and Android, as well as across Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox and Samsung Smart TV.
CBS’ veteran “Survivor” will conclude its current season, themed “Winners at War,” on Wednesday, May 13 from 8-11 p.m. ET. One week later, the new season of “The Amazing Race” will begin on Wednesday, May 20th with a two-hour installment from 8-10 p.m. ET. “The Amazing Race” can be seen thereafter in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour.
USA Network will debut new true crime drama, “Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story,“ on Tuesday, June 2 at 9 p.m. ET with two back-to-back episodes. The logline: In its second season, “Dirty John” will once again give fans another shocking based on real-life breakup story through an epic tale of love, betrayal and death. Amanda Peet (“Brockmire,” “The Romanoffs”) and Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”) portray the scorned lovers, Betty and Dan Broderick, as their marriage turned into what Oprah deemed one of “America’s messiest divorces” even before it ended in double homicide.
“The Deadliest Catch” returns for a new season on Discovery…NBC’s sophomore “New Amsterdam” concludes for the season…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, April 14, click here