ON THIS DAY
Classic NBC comedy-variety series “Your Show of Shows,” starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca and Carl Reiner, debuted in 1950…The concept of long-running sitcom “Happy Days” was introduced in a segment of ABC’s “Love, American Style” in 1972 titled “Love and the Happy Days”…”The Dukes of Hazzard” featured the return of John Schneider (Bo) and Tom Wopat (Luke) in 1983, who exited after a contract dispute and proved there was more to the series than the General Lee…Frank Sinatra guest starred on “Magnum, P.I.” in 1987…
Celebrity birthdays: “Madam Secretary” star Tea Leoni is 54; actor Sean Astin is 49; Rashida Jones (“Angie Tribeca”) is 44; “Malcolm in the Middle” star Justin Berfield is 34.
Did You Know?:
The roles of Howard Cunningham and his daughter Joanie in “Love and the Happy Days” segment of “Love, American Style” were played Harold Gould and Susan Neher, respectively. Tom Bosley and Erin Moran, of course, portrayed the characters on “Happy Days.” Oldest son Chuck was portrayed by Ric Carrot. Marion Ross (Marion) and Anson Williams (“Potsie”) were also on the segment.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Nickelodeon Orders Comedy “Side Hustle”
Nickelodeon has greenlit “Side Hustle,” a new live-action buddy comedy starring social media stars and real-life best friends, Annie LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels. The multi-camera series centers on best friends, Lex (LeBlanc) and Presley (Bartels), who have to create a business fast after inadvertently destroying their neighbor’s car.
Created and executive produced by Dave Malkoff (“Henry Danger,” “Sam & Cat”) and shot in front of a live studio audience, “Side Hustle” (13 half-hour episodes) will begin production in Los Angeles this March and premiere later this year on Nickelodeon.
The logline: Lex, Presley and their quirky friend Munchy (Isaiah Crews) find themselves in a sticky situation after an accidental mishap destroys the police vehicle belonging to Munchy’s dad. Forced to come up with creative ways to earn money to pay for the damages, the best friends enlist the help of Presley’s tech-savvy younger brother, Fisher (Mitchell Berg), to create an app called “Kid-DING” to connect with people looking for help with small jobs. With Munchy’s bossy older brother Jaget (Jacques Chevelle) making sure they keep up with the payments, the three friends must do any jobs that come their way–no matter how crazy they are.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Netflix Gives “Atypical” a Fourth – and Final – Season
Netflix is moving forward with one final season of “Atypical” from Sony Pictures Television, which will take it through four seasons in total. The series is described as a coming of age comedy about Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a 19-year-old on the autism spectrum as he searches for love and independence. Along with Gilchrist, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Rapaport, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Nik Dodani, Jenna Boyd, Amy Okuda, Graham Rogers, Fivel Stewart, and other cast members will return for the final season.
“Atypical” is written and executive produced by Rashid with Mary Rohlich and Seth Gordon also executive producing. The new season, which will be streamed in 2021, will consist of 10 episodes.
Disney Channel Renews “Bunk’d’ for Season 5
Disney Channel original series “Bunk’d,” set at fictional Camp Kikiwaka and spun-off from “Jessie.” has been greenlit for a fifth season. Erin Dunlap (“Andi Mack,” “Jessie”), who joined the series as executive producer in season four, will return as sole showrunner for season five. Former executive producer Phil Baker (“Good Luck, Charlie,” “Andi Mack”), who teamed with Dunlap on the series’ fourth season, will focus on development and other projects for the channel. Production will begin in fall 2020.
Returning series regulars include Miranda May as cheerful camp owner Lou; Mallory James Mahoney (Disney Channel’s “Adventures in Babysitting”), Raphael Alejandro (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”) and Will Buie Jr. (“Gifted”) as the loveable but mischievous campers; Shelby Simmons (“Andi Mack”) and Israel Johnson (“Schooled”) as their quirky but well-intentioned counselors.
Locast: Everything You Need to Know About the Streaming Platform Some Are Calling ‘”Aereo 2″
Followers of media technology court battles, who remember Aereo’s unsuccessful legal fight against the major broadcasters in the U.S. Supreme Court eight years ago, are getting ready for another big legal showdown pitting a tech startup against the Big Four.
Founded two years ago by David Goodfriend, an attorney and a former Dish Network executive, Locast is a live TV streaming service operated by nonprofit advocacy group the Sports Fan Coalition NY.
Locast provides local broadcast signals over the internet in various cities through an app that’s playable on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and TiVo devices, as well as iOS and Android smart phones and tablets. With Locast, you can stream programming on the Big Four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox), among other outlets.
This lighting rod for media tech lawsuits fittingly launched in January 2018 in New York, using a four-foot antenna mounted on the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan. For more, click here
Upcoming Series “Love, Victor” Moves from Disney+ to Hulu
Disney has shifted its upcoming “Love, Victor” project to Hulu due to the series’ mature themes. The show, which was originally titled “Love, Simon” on Disney+, will focus on a gay high school student’s self-discovery and challenging home life. It was originally expected to stream on Disney+, but will now premiere on Hulu in July.
The series’ move to Hulu was due to “general sexual exploration” and not because of the homosexual content, according to Disney, as well as underage alcohol consumption and the parent characters’ marital issues.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“Camp Getaway,“ which follows the staff of the ultimate adult playground, as they navigate the challenges and surprises that accompany working for a camp that offers a non-stop good time, premieres on Bravo on Monday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Looking to escape the stress of the mundane work week, guests head to “Camp Getaway” seeking adventure, relaxation and endless happy hours. The upstairs and downstairs worlds collide as the staff live, love and work together, while tending to the ever-changing eccentric and outrageous wishes of their demanding summer camp guests. Though each staff member brings a different level of experience to the table, they all share a love for this lifestyle that enables them to let loose on the weekends… and not always after the guests leave.