ON THIS DAY
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…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 Etheridge, Jorja Fox, Gina Gershon, k.d. lang, Demi Moore, Billy Bob Thornton and Dwight Yoakam…Celebrity Birthdays: Cloris Leachman is 93; two stars of “The Big Bang Theory” share birthdays: Johnny Galecki is 44 and Kumal Nayyar is 38.
-Did You Know?:
On April 14, two weeks before “The Puppy Episode” aired on “Ellen,“ Ellen DeGeneres responded to questions about her own sexuality by appearing on the cover of Time magazine with the banner headline, ‘Yep, I’m Gay.” On the day “The Puppy Episode” aired, DeGeneres and then-girlfriend Anne Heche appeared on daytime talker “Oprah.“
NBC and Fox: 4.0/ 7 each, CBS: 3.8/ 7, ABC: 3.4/ 6, CW: 0.7/ 1
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +54, CBS: +19, NBC: -13, CW: -22, ABC: -32
In the specials department, ABC’s “The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story” was on the overnight map with a 4.1 rating/7 share from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that was just 15 percent below dominant “The Voice” on NBC (4.9/ 8) and on par with recent levels for “American Idol” in the time period.
In week two news, CBS military drama “The Code” was consistent at a 3.2/ 5 in the household overnights in the 9 p.m. hour. But the week ago series-opener only translated into 6.14 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49, based on the Live+3 day data.
For the remainder of the analysis for Monday, April 29, click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW SERIES ANNOUNCEMENTS
Debmar Mercury and Will Packer to Test “Central Ave.”
Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and producer Will Packer (“Night School,” “Girls Trip”) are teaming on a new half-hour magazine strip originating from Atlanta called “Central Ave.” The series will launch as a four to five week preview on select Fox Television stations.
The logline: With a quest to blast trails and set trends, Central Ave, co-hosted by Julissa Bermudez (“106 & Park”) and former Olympic track star Sanya Richards-Ross, is poised to deliver relevant entertainment and pop culture news through a provocative, socially conscious and diverse lens.
Central Ave is the second collaboration between Will Packer Media and Debmar-Mercury, which together with Lionsgate Television produce OWN’s upcoming multigenerational family saga, “Ambitions.” The Fox stations will air the magazine strip in access and early fringe time periods following the conclusion of the World Series.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
CBS All Access Renews “The Twilight Zone” for Season Two
CBS All Access has announced the second season renewal of its reboot of anthology series “The Twilight Zone.” The first season is currently airing on-demand, with the first five episodes now available with new episodes dropping weekly on Thursdays.
The series features Jordan Peele as host and narrator with additional cast members including Ike Barinholtz, Zazie Beetz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, James Frain, Betty Gabriel, Ginnifer Goodwin, Zabryna Guevara, Percy Hynes-White, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris O’Dowd, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun.
“The Twilight Zone” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Glen Morgan, Carol Serling and Rick Berg.
The original “The Twilight Zone” premiered on Oct. 2, 1959 on CBS.
Netflix Greenlights Comedy “On My Block” for Season Three
Netflix has renewed “On My Block for a third season,” with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2019-20. The series, co-created by Lauren Iungerich (“Awkward”) and Eddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft (“All Eyez On Me”), is a coming of age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high-school set in the rough inner city.
The cast set to reprise their roles include Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, Diego Tinoco and Jessica Marie Garcia. Additional casting news for season three will be announced at a later date. Co-Creator Lauren Iungerich (Awkward) will return as Showrunner and Executive Producer.
Showtime Renews “Black Monday” for Season Two
Showtime has announced a second season of Wall Street comedy “Black Monday” from “Happy Endings” creator David Caspe, \writer Jordan Cahan (“My Best Friend’s Girl”), Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“Preacher”) and Sony Pictures TV Studios. Ten new episodes have been ordered.
Debuting in January, “Black Monday” wrapped up its 10-episode freshman season last month. Season 2 is slated to premiere in 2020.
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, clickhere
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage,” the after-show for upcoming drama “The Flare,” will debut on Fox on Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET.“The Flare” is based on fictional author TJ Whitford’s sci-fi book series, “The Moon is the Sun at Night,” which has been a favorite of Savage’s since childhood. The book revolves around a solar event and its effects on Earth – specifically, the small, blue-collar town of Milford, IL – and slowly unfolds into a post-apocalyptic battle for human survival.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Ingress: The Animation” on Netflix; “On Tour with Asperger’s Are Us” on HBO; “Kids Behind Bars” on A+E…“Ladies Night”on BET…Season premieres: “The 100” on The CW…“Baki” on Netflix…Season finales: “Curse of Oak Island” on History; “At Home with Amy Sedaris” on truTV; “If Loving You is Wrong” on OWN; “Mexican Dynasties” on Bravo…For the listing of programming options for Tuesday, April 30, click here