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“Parks and Recreation” Returns for New Episode on NBC; ABC, HGTV and OWN Announce New Series

Thursday, April 30, 2020

George Washington was inaugurated as the first U.S. President in 1789…Bugs Bunny made his debuted in the animated theatrical short “Porky’s Hare Hunt” in 1938. Mel Blanc provided his voice…Mr. Potato Head became the first toy to be advertised on network television in 1952…The pilot episode of Aaron Spelling crime solver “Starsky and Hutch,” starring Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul, aired in 1975. It officially debuted on Sept. 10, 1975 and ran for four seasons…The series finale of “That’s Incredible!, hosted by John DavidsonCathy Lee Crosby and Fran Tarkenton, aired in 1984. For more on “That’s Incredible!,” click here…The long-lost pilot episode of “I Love Lucy” aired on CBS in 1990. The roles of Fred and Ethel Mertz, who were yet to be introduced, were not cast yet. In the pilot, Larry Lopez (Desi Arnaz) tries to keep his wife Lucy (Lucille Ball) away from auditioning for a TV show, but when a clown becomes unavailable, Lucy takes his place…NBC’s “The Cosby Show” ended its eight season run in 1992…Also in 1992, Grant Show guested-starred as Jake Hansen on Fox’s “Beverly Hills, 90210, which was the precursor to spin-off “Melrose Place”...In 1997, Ellen (Ellen DeGeneres) came out to her therapist (guest star Oprah Winfrey) in this groundbreaking 1997 episode of the ABC sitcom “Ellen”(titled “The Puppy Episode”). Uncredited cameos included Melissa EtheridgeJorja FoxGina Gershonk.d. lang, Demi MooreBilly Bob Thornton and Dwight Yoakam“Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan, opened in theaters in 2004.

Songs: “Beat It,” by Michael Jackson, hit the #1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.

Celebrity Birthdays: Actress Cloris Leachman is 94; “Rocky” star Burt Young is 80; actor Perry King (“Riptide”) is 72; singer Merrill Osmond is 67; director Jane Campion (“The Piano”) is 66; two stars of “The Big Bang Theory” share birthdays: Johnny Galecki is 45 and Kumal Nayyar is 39; actress Kirsten Dunst (“Spiderman”) is 38.

And, on a personal note, a very Happy 18th Birthday to my beautiful daughter Morgan Berman!

RATINGS BOX

Live+7 Day Ratings: Week of April 13: Click here

Live+Same Day Data:
Monday 4/20/20: Click here
Tuesday 4/21/20: Click here
Wednes
day 4/22/20: Click here
Thursday 4/23/20: Click here
Friday 4/24/20: Click here
Satur
day 4/25/20: Click here

Source: Nielsen

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

ABC Announces “The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever!”
ABC will air a 10-episode series called “The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever!” beginning on Monday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET. The logline: Each Monday, directly from the Bachelor mansion, Chris Harrison will reach into the vault and bring back one of his favorite seasons, highlighting some of the most devastating rose ceremonies, passionate proposals, unexpected new arrivals, dramatic meltdowns, biggest breakups, and, of course, the most romantic moments. The weekly retrospectives will also include virtual catch-ups with fan-favorite Bachelor alumni, checking on the latest in their lives after their final rose.

“’The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever!’ is a love letter to our fans who have been with us through some of the most heartwarming, heartbreaking and unexpected moments throughout Bachelor history,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “We can’t wait for Bachelor Nation to fall in love all over again as we take this wild journey down memory lane.”

HGTV Orders “House Hunters: LOL”
HGTV has greenlit “House Hunters: LOL,” a new self-shot series featuring comedians who are social distancing as they watch “House Hunters” together via videoconference and share their reactions. The logline: Everything on House Hunters is fair game – from the house tours and budgets to the wish lists for paint colors, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

“House Hunters is a play-along phenomenon that has long inspired drinking games, snarky social media commentary and spoofs on late night television,” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. “While we’re #HomeTogether, House Hunters: LOL will amp up the fun by combining our favorite comedians with one of America’s favorite shows.”

Six half-hour episodes of “House Hunters: LOL”  are slated to premiere in June.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Amazon Prime Announces July 2nd Premiere Date for Season 2 of “Hanna”
The upcoming eight-episode season of spy drama “Hanna” will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime on Thursday, July 2nd. Hanna (Esme Creed-Miles) is a 15-year-old girl living with Erik (Joel Kinnaman), the only man she has ever known, as her father, in a remote part of a forest in Poland. Erik once recruited pregnant women into a CIA program, code name UTRAX, where the children’s DNA was enhanced in order to create super-soldiers.

The season two synopsis of “Hanna”: Following her discovery at the end of season one, Hanna now knows she is not the only young woman with unparalleled skill and elite training. The Utrax program has produced a whole contingent of highly trained teenagers whose development is about to reach the lethal ‘second phase.’

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Jeff’s Homemade Game Show” – played completely within contestants’ own homes – is set to premiere on BYUtv on Tuesday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: each episode turns a visit to a family’s home into an instant game show using common on-site household objects, locations and activities. Family members can win cash and prizes by participating in homegrown challenges such as stacking cans from their kitchen into a pyramid, returning items that have been removed from their living room to the correct locations, catapulting cereal into a milk-filled bowl, collecting as much loose change as possible, and guessing the expiration date of a condiment in their refrigerator.

OWN has announced two new virtually filmed series to premiere on Saturday, May 16: “Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant” at 9 p.m. ET, and “Girlfriends Check In” at 10 p.m. ET. “Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant features Iyanla Vanzant offering her guidance during the pandemic. And “Girlfriends Check In” brings different groups of female celebrity friends together each week for virtual get togethers where they share laughter, support, love, and gossip. Episodes of “Girlfriends Check In” will feature actress, author, producer and director Meagan Good with her sister La’Myia Good Bellinger, and actresses Tasha Smith and Grace Byers from “Empire.”

The comedic game show “Game On!, hosted by Keegan-Michael Key, will debut on CBS on Wednesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET. “Game On” pits two teams of three, captained by tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams and Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski, alongside comedians Bobby Lee and Ian Karmel and rotating sports stars, comedians and celebrities, against each other in over-the-top physical challenges, absurd trivia and epic field competitions.

CBS reality competition series “Tough As Nails, from executive producer Phil Keoghan, will premiere Wednesday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET. The series celebrates everyday Americans who roll up their sleeves and don’t think twice about working long hard hours and getting their hands dirty, in order to keep their country running. Competitors who consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor will be tested for their strength, endurance, life skills and, most importantly, mental toughness in challenges that take place at real-world job sites.

New Hulu drama “Crossing Swords” will be available for streaming on Friday, June 12. The logline: Patrick is a good hearted peasant who lands a coveted squire position at the royal castle however his dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when he learns his beloved kingdom is run by a hornet’s nest of horny monarchs, crooks and charlatans. Even worse, Patrick’s valor made him the black sheep in his family, and now his criminal siblings have returned to make his life hell. War, murder, full frontal nudity—who knew brightly colored peg people led such exciting lives?

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Parks and Recreation” returns on NBC for a new episode…Series premieres: “Drifting Dragons,” “Forest of Love” and “The Victims Game” on Netflix…Season premieres: “Cake” on FXX…Season finales: “60 Days In” on A+E; “Better Things” on FX…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, April 29, click here