ON THIS DAY – Wednesday, February 5, 2020
“The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” debuted on CBS in 1967…“Turn-On,” a half-hour sketch comedy on ABC patterned on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” was turned off in 1969 after just one episode. Tim Conway was the guest host…. In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell stepped onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar excursions…
Celebrity Birthdays: Baseball legend Hank Aaron is 86; actor David Selby (“Falcon Crest”) is 79; actress Barbara Hershey is 72; actor-comedian Tim Meadows is 59; actress Laura Linney is 56.
Did You Know?
Due to its controversial references to youth culture and various issues, CBS abruptly canceled “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” on April 4, 1969. This cancellation led the brothers to file a breach of contract suit against the network, which was settled on April 6, 1973 when a federal court ruled in favor of the Smothers duo and ordered CBS to pay them $776,300. The brothers returned to television in a new version of the variety hour on ABC in July 1970 (which included three repeats of episodes from the original CBS series), but it only aired that summer. And the pair headlined a new show on NBC effective in January 1975, but it only lasted for five months.
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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
BET To Revive “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and Introduce “Assisted Living”
BET and Tyler Perry have announced a new season of sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” which will pick up five years after the conclusion of the original series. Original stars LaVan Davis, Cassi Davis Patton, Lance Gross, Demetria McKinney, China Anne McClain, Larramie “Doc” Shaw, Keshia Knight Pullam, and Allen Payne will all return.
“House of Payne” began in syndication on June 21, 2006, and ran for eight seasons (and 254 episodes), concluding on TBS August 10, 2012. Spin-off “The Paynes” aired on OWN for two seasons in 2018.
BET also announced a new original series, Tyler Perry’s “Assisted Living,” will star David and Tamela Mann reprising their characters of Leroy and Cora Brown from Perry’s “Meet the Browns” series. In “Assisted Living,” the Browns are investors of a run-down home for the elderly in the backwoods of Georgia run by Jeremy (Na’im Lynn), the patriarch of a young family with teenage children, and his crazy grandfather Vinny (J. Anthony Brown).
MRC Television to Develop “The Terminal List”
Studio MRC Television is developing “The Terminal List,” a proposed drama based on the best-selling novel by Jack Carr, which Chris Pratt and Antoine Fuqua brought to MRC. Pratt will both star and executive produce via his Indivisible Productions. Fuqua will direct and executive produce the series through his Fuqua Films banner. David DiGilio is set to write the script and executive produce. “The Terminal List” is a Civic Center Media project in association with MRC Television.
The logline: “The Terminal List” is a conspiracy thriller that combines elevated action with deep psychological questions about the cost of pushing our nation’s highest trained operators too far. The series follows Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. Reece returns home with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. However, as new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against him.
This marks the second time Pratt and Fuqua have worked together. Fuqua directed Pratt in “The Magnificent Seven” for Sony along with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The film opened the 2016 Toronto Film Festival and closed the 2016 Venice Film Festival.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Showtime Cancels Jon Voight Drama “Ray Donovan”
Showtime has opted against an eighth season of drama “Ray Donovan,” which means the seventh season ender on January 19th is now the series finale.
“After seven incredible seasons, ‘Ray Donovan’ has concluded its run on Showtime,” the network said in a statement. “We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note. Our deepest thanks go to Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, showrunner David Hollander, and the entire cast and crew, past and present, for their dedicated work.”
Premiering on June 30, 2013, ‘Ray Donovan’ followed Schreiber’s title character, a fixer for the rich and famous who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — or bloody. For his work as Ray’s criminal father, Mickey, Voight won a Golden Globe, while Hank Azaria took home an Emmy in 2016 for a guest role. A total of 82 episodes of “Ray Donovan” were produced.
Patrick Dempsey Joins Medical Drama Pilot “Ways and Means” on CBS
Former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey has joined the cast of CBS medical drama pilot “Ways and Means.” The series centers on a powerful congressional leader (Dempsey) who has lost faith in politics who finds himself working secretly with an idealistic young congresswoman from the opposing party to subvert the hopelessly gridlocked system he helped create. Together, they’ll attempt to save American politics, if they don’t get caught.
Mike Murphy and Ed Redlich created the series and will executive produce.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Documentary “The Kingmaker” will debut on Showtime on Friday, February 28 at 9 p.m. ET. Written and directed by Emmy winner Lauren Greenfield (“Generation Wealth,” “The Queen of Versailles”), the feature presents a portrait of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose behind-the-scenes machinations in the political careers of her husband, and later her son, cemented her indelible mark on the global political stage.
Season three of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” will premiere on Ovation on Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. ET. The logline: Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith) and Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley) continue to rely on Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard) and Flo (Sharron Matthews), who are always ready to lend a hand snooping through police files or sneaking a peek at an autopsy report. Mary’s newfound confidence at the police station, and in life, leaves her frustrated with her status as a morality officer and pushes her towards exciting new professional goals. Meanwhile Flo finishes her in-class portion of medical school and looks forward to her clinical training in-hospital, all while juggling a long-distance beau and the varied demands of Drake Detective cases.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
CBS celebrates 20 years of “Survivor” in one hour special…Series premieres: “LEGO Masters” on Fox; “They’ve Gotta Have It” on Netflix…Season premieres: “Expedition Known” on Discovery; “The Murder Tapes” on ID; “Summer House” on Bravo…Season finales: “1,000 Lb. Sisters” on TLC; “The Explosion Show” on Science; “Vikings” on History…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, February 5 click here