ON THIS DAY – Monday, February 10, 2020
President Ronald Reagan was filmed throughout the day for NBC film “A Day in the Life of the President” in 1981…Michael Jackson granted his first interview in 15 years to Oprah Winfrey in 1993. In the interview, Jackson claimed that he has a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin and that he had had very little plastic surgery…In 2015, NBC News suspended Brian Williams for six months without pay for his misrepresenting of events concerning an Iraq war story. The story was found to be untrue.
Did You Know?:
A reported 90 million people worldwide tuned in for the Oprah’s interview with Michael Jackson, which is the most-watched interview in television history. Second was Barbara Walters’ sitdown with Monica Lewinsky on ABC’s “20/20,” which reached a reported 70 million viewers worldwide on March 3, 1999.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
The 92nd Academy Awards: “Parasite” Named Best Picture
“Parasite” was the surprise Best Picture winner at the 92nd “Academy Awards.” The South Korean-produced film was also cited or Best International Film, Best Director for Bong Joon-ho, and Best Original Screenplay. Historically, “Parasite” is now the first film not in the English language to win the night’s top prize.
Elsewhere, the winners were easier to predict with Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”) and Renee Zellweger (“Judy”) named Best Actor and Actress; and Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) and Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) winning for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively.
“We’re at our best when we support each other and (do) not cancel each other out. That is the best of humanity,” said Joaquin Phoenix in a long and passionate speech. Quoting a lyric by his late brother River, he said: “Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”
For the complete listing of winners, click here
Veteran Actor and Comedian Orson Bean Struck and Killed by a Car in Los Angeles
Orson Bean, the actor and comedian, was struck and killed by a car in Los Angeles on Friday night. He was 91.
According to Los Angeles Police Capt. Brian Wendling, Bean had been walking in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles and was clipped by a vehicle, causing him to fall. Then, a second driver struck him again, which was the cause of his death. Both drivers remained on the scene. Police were investigating and didn’t identify the pedestrian to local outlets, which named Bean based on eyewitness accounts.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1928, Bean is remembered for his long- running stint on a panelist on “To Tell the Truth” and as the crochety merchant on CBS western drama “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” But he also had regular roles on Fox sitcom “Normal, Ohio” and ABC’s Desperate Housewives,” and he appeared in a number of films — notably “Being John Malkovich” and “Anatomy of a Murder.” He also received a Tony Award nomination for 1962 musical “Subways Are For Sleeping;” and was a guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” more than 200 times
More recently, income from “Dr. Quinn” and other voice and acting work allowed Bean to finance the Pacific Resident Theater Ensemble in Venice, where he appeared with his third wife, actress Alley Mills.
He had a daughter, Michele, from his first marriage to Jacqueline de Sibour, and sons Max and Ezekiel and daughter Susannah from his marriage to Carolyn Maxwell.
Remembering Robert Conrad
One of my favorite sessions at any Television Critics Association Press Tour was in the Summer of 2010, when five legendary television actors — Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), Robert Conrad (“The Wild Wild West”), Linda Evans (“Dynasty”), Mike Connors (“Mannix”) and Martin Landau (“Mission: Impossible”) — gathered on stage for a segment of PBS’ “Pioneers of Television.” The series examined some of the classic moments and genres of early television through the people involved.
“I thought when I was first on television in black-and-white, working for Warner Bros. for $315 an episode, that I’d end up a millionaire and be a pioneer, but that didn’t happen,” remembered Robert Conrad. “All I can say is I was so happy to have been surfing in “Hawaiian Eye” and horseback riding during “The Wild Wild West,” flying airplanes during “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” and being next to these beautiful women.”
Sadly, Robert Conrad passed away on Saturday of heart failure at his home in Malibu, California. He was 84 years old. For more, click here
Chloe Fineman Finally Gets “SNL” Spotlight with Her Oscars Preview on “Weekend Update”
Chloe Fineman is one of the new featured cast members of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this season. She had been showcased in minor parts throughout this season’s various skits, but on the Feb. 8, 2020 edition (hosted by RuPaul), Fineman finally stood out. She stopped by Weekend Update to discuss and show impressions of her favorite Oscar-worthy performances of the year. For a look, click here
Adam Sandler and the Safdie Brothers from “Uncut Gems” Shine at the Film Independent Spirit Awards
CBS Orders Drama Pilots “Good Sam” and “Out the Door”
CBS has greenlit two drama pilots: “Good Sam” from CBS TV Studios and Katie Wech (“BH90210”), Jennie Snyder (Jane the Virgin) and Snyder’s Sutton St. Productions; and “Out the Door” from Evan Katz (“24”) and Jerry Bruckheimer Television.
“Good Sam” centers around a talented yet stifled surgeon who embraces her leadership role after her renowned and pompous boss falls into a coma. When her boss awakens and wants to resume surgery, however, it falls to her to supervise this overbearing blowhard who never acknowledged her talents, and also happens to be her father.
“Out the Door” focuses on an apathetic LAPD detective who, upon learning that his impending retirement is being pushed off by several years, just wants his pension so he can go off and live the good life. He decides to do everything in his power to get fired, but his bad behavior only leads to surprising success at solving cases.
Fox Orders Musical Guessing Game “I Can See Your Voice”
Fox Entertainment has ordered the all-new music guessing game unscripted series “I Can See Your Voice,” hosted and executive-produced by comedian, actor and “THe Masked Singer” panelist Ken Jeong. Based on the South Korean format from CJ ENM, the series will be produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and will premiere later this year on Fox.
The logline: Each week on the show, one contestant will have the chance to win a cash prize if he or she can tell the difference between the good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. Helping the contestant navigate through rounds of lip sync challenges, hilarious hidden clues and true-or-false evidence will be a panel of celebrity comedians/experts and a musical superstar. In the end, the singer whom the contestant picks will reveal if they are good or bad in a duet performance with the musical superstar, resulting in an amazing musical collaboration or a totally hilarious train wreck.
Fran Drescher Is Back In Generic New NBC Sitcom “Indebted”
Full disclosure: I grew up around the corner from that “flashy girl from Flushing,” Fran Drescher, in Kew Garden Hills, Queens (which is a fancy name for Flushing, Queens). So, when I tuned in to see Fran as a 60-year old grandmother on new NBC sitcom Indebted, I felt…um…kind of old.
Speaking as someone who remembers Fran way before her starring turn on “The Nanny” (and short-lived “Princesses” before it), yes…that nasal voice is indeed real. And like everyone’s favorite redhead, Lucille Ball, Fran wisely understands the value of sticking to one specific character type.
“I think that I am pretty much a persona that is seen very vividly in all of my characters. For that reason, I mean, I think this is the first show I’ve not been called Fran for many, many years,” said Drescher at the recent Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at a session for Indebted. “I made peace with the fact that the audience and my fans fell in love with my energy, my look, my style, my voice, thank God.” For more, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Amazon Original drama “ZeroZeroZero” will premiere on Prime Video in the US, Canada, Latin America and Spain on Friday, Feb. 14. The one-hour action crime drama is inspired by the book of the same title from best-selling author Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah). The series stars Andrea Riseborough (The Death of Stalin, Battle of the Sexes) as Emma Lynwood, who manages the day-to-day operations of her father’s shipping company and is forced to make life-changing decisions to keep the business afloat, Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, In Treatment) as Chris Lynwood, whose world is turned upside-down when his help is required in the family business while he suffers from a degenerative genetic disease, and Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment, The Usual Suspects) as Edward Lynwood, the family patriarch who runs his prestigious shipping company with his daughter Emma and is willing to put business before everything.
The new season of “Naked and Afraid” premieres Sunday, February 23 at 8pm ET on Discovery Channel. This season features sibling pairs who enter the challenge and put their family ties to the ultimate test. Baring it all for the first time ever. two twin sisters and two brothers take on a unique four-person, 21-day challenge. The siblings must survive the elements – and each other – as tensions run high and bonds are tested like never before.