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Programming Insider by Marc Berman

ON THIS DAY
The final episode of the original version of sitcom “One Day at a Time” aired on CBS in 1984, one week after the official conclusion when Ann (Bonnie Franklin) moved to London with her husband Sam (Howard Hesseman). In this pilot for a proposed spin-off, Schneider (Pat Harrington, Jr.) left to care for his suddenly orphaned niece and nephew (the latter played by a young Corey Feldman). It never made it to series..Summer sketch comedy “The Dave Thomas Comedy Show” began its four episode run on CBS in 1990…Celebrity birthdays: Singer Gladys Knight is 75.

-Did You Know?
Gladys Knight and Flip Wilson appeared together in a CBS family comedy called“Charlie and Company” that was patterned after “The Cosby Show.” It only lasted one season in 1985-86.

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Netflix Announces Middle Eastern Drama “Paranormal”
Netflix will stream a new original Middle Eastern drama called “Paranormal,” based on “Paranormal” best selling books in the Arab world by late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. Set in the 1960s, the series depicts the adventures of “Paranormal” leading character Dr. Refaat Ismail, a single hematologist who finds himself faced with a series of supernatural events.

“Paranormal” will be produced by both Mohamed Hefzy and Amr Salama, who is also the showrunner and the director.

“Paranormal,” which is expected to shoot in Egypt, is the third Middle Eastern Netflix original series following “Jinn,” a coming-of-age teen drama with supernatural elements that was shot in Jordan and will drop June 13, and “Al Rawabi School for Girls,” a Jordan-set high-school drama produced with a female Arab cast and crew.

Hulu Orders Untitled Mary Laws Project
Hulu has ordered eight episodes of “Untitled Mary Laws Project” (working title), an anthology series based on “North American Lake Monsters,” a collection of stories by Nathan Ballingrud, to series. The logline: Through encounters with Gothic beasts, including fallen angels and werewolves, broken people are driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, ultimately showing there is a thin line between man and beast. Based on the short stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s collection.

The series is created, written and executive produced by Mary Laws (“Preacher,” “Blueberry Toast,” “The Neon Demon”) and executive produced by Lucan Toh (“An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn,” “Under the Shadow”) and Babak Anvari (“Under the Shadow”) who will also direct.  The series is produced by Annapurna Television.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS 

NBC Cancels “A.P. Bio”
NBC, as expected, has opted against a third season of comedy “A.P. Bio.” Debuting on February 1, 2018, the series focused on a disgraced Harvard philosophy professor Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) who loses out on his dream job to his rival Miles Leonard (Tom Bennett) and is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio and work as a high-school Advanced Placement Biology teacher. A total of 26 episodes were produced.

TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES

Adam Levine Exits “The Voice”
Original “The Voice” coach Adam Levine has decided 16 editions of the veteran NBC singing competition is enough. 
Levine reportedly clashed with producers over the show’s changing rules and format and was obviously not happy to be performing at NBC’s recent upfront presentation for advertisers in New York City.

Said Levine in a statement: “Thank you NBC for signing me up. I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you to every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with. That is shared experience that is singularly ours. We have that for life. Thank you to everyone who supported this long strange and amazing left turn into a place I never thought I’d go.”

ABC Has Three Highest-Indexed Shows of the Season Among $100,000+ Income Homes
As we reported last fall, ABC’s “Modern Family” and NBC‘s “The Good Place” remain as TV’s top programs this season in being the most upscale-skewing programs among adults 18-49 in households that have a combined income of at least $100,000 — a premium target group for advertisers — and, with four or more years of college, respectively. As for $100,000+ homes,

ABC has the three top upscale indices with the aforementioned “Modern Family”, “The Bachelor” and “Shark Tank.”

Of the 2018-19 season’s top seven upscale indices among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, five of them belong to NBC — family drama “This Is Us” and four Thursday comedies: “The Good Place”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine“, “A.P. Bio” and “Will & Grace“. The most downscale program this past season was Fox’s now-canceled musical drama “Star” with meager indices of 36.9 ($100K+ homes) and 53.7 (4+ years of college).

For a list of this season’s programs (thru May 12, 2019) along with their respective adults 18-49 ratings and indices according to upscale audiences, click here

SPORTS

2019 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network
The National Football League (NFL) announced on Wednesday, April 17 its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2019, which runs from September 5 through December 29, 2019. For the complete breakdown, click here

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Songland” on NBC; “Guardians of the Glades” on Discovery…Season premieres: “Animal Kingdom” on TNT; “America Unearthed” on Travel; “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA; “Pure” on WGN America…“Fosse/Verdon” concludes for the season on FX …For the listing of programming options for Tuesday, May 28, click here