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Restart of the NBA Regular Season Schedule Released; NBC Orders Comedy “Connecting”

Celebrity Birthdays
Actor Gary Busey is 76; comedian Richard Lewis is 73; actor/congressman Fred Grandy is 72; actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 65; actress Sharon Lawrence (“NYPD Blue”) is 59; actress Melora Hardin (“The Office”) is 53; Broadway actor Brian d’Arcy James (“Hamilton”) is 52; actor Lance Barber (“Young Sheldon”) is 47; singer Nicole Scherzinger is 42; actor Luke Kirby (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) is 42; actress Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) is 38; “SNL’s” Colin Jost is 38; two-time NBA champion Kawhi Leonard is 29.

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SPORTS

National TV Schedule for the Restart of the 2019-20 NBA Regular Season

All 2019-20 NBA season restart games are played across three venues at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida and will begin on July 30. Based on a competitive format approved by the NBA Board of Governors and the National Basketball Players Association, 22 teams will return to play during the 2019-20 NBA season. The 22 teams consist of the 16 teams (eight per conference) in current playoff positions and the six teams that are currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.
For the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), locations, respective networks and announcers, click here
Programming Insider by Marc Berman
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

NBC Orders Sitcom “Connecting”
NBC has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to a new comedy from Universal Television called “Connecting” that will be filmed entirely through video chats. “Connecting” is described as an ensemble comedy about a group of friends trying to stay close (and sane) through video chats as they share the highs and lows during these challenging times.

The series hails from Martin Gero and Brendon Gall, who will serve as writers and executive producers. The pair previously collaborated on the NBC drama series “Blindspot.” Gero created the series and served as showrunner, while Gall was a writer and eventually an executive producer.

There is no confirmation when connecting will debut.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Quibi Picks Up “Chrissy’s Court” for Season 2
Recent steamer Quibi has greenlit “Chrissy’s Court,” presided over by Chrissy Teigen, for a second season. “The verdict is in!!!’ Teigen, 34 said in a statement. ‘Since there is no shortage of petty disagreements to judge, we’re back for a second season!!’

In each episode of “Chrissy’s Court,” Teigen reigns as the “judge” over one small claims case. The plaintiffs, defendants, and disputes are real, as Chrissy’s mom turned “bailiff”, Pepper Thai, maintains order in the courtroom. Teigen’s decisions are final and binding. The series hails from Teigen’s Suit & Thai Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and Alfred Street Industries, the production company founded by “Project Runway” producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz. Teigen, Luke Dillon, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Dan Volpe, and Mason Steinberg executive produce.

Syfy Pulls the Plug on Space Drama “Vagrant Queen”
Syfy has opted against a second season of space drama “Vagrant Queen,” the live-action adaptation of the Vault Comics series from Blue Ice Pictures. Debuting in March, the series focused on Adriyan Rae as Elida, a scavenger and outlaw, who is forced to return to her broken kingdom after news about her long-lost mother arises before a deadly childhood foe, Commander Lazaro (Paul du Toit), finds them.

“Vagrant Queen” was co-created by Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Jason Smith and published by Vault Comics. Ten episodes in total were produced.

BET Renews “Twenties” for Season 2
BET has announced the second season pickup of Lena Waithe’s semi-autobiographical “Twenties”, which features Waite as Gibbs as Hattie, a queer black girl who is chasing her dreams of being a screenwriter in Los Angeles alongside her two best friends, Marie and Nia, played by Christina Elmore (“Insecure”) and Gabrielle Graham (“Possessor”). While they live separate lives, the girls lean on each other for guidance as they navigate their twenties and test the limits of diversity, love and inclusion.

Season one guest stars included Jenifer Lewis (“black-ish”), Sean “Big Sean” Anderson, Rick Fox, Vanessa Williams, Seth Green, Iman Shumpert, Kym Whitley, Chuey Martinez, Marsha Thomason, and Nazanin Mandi.

The number of new episodes ordered for “Twenties” has not been confirmed. Eight episodes were produced in the first season.

Network Extends Episode Order for “Symon’s Dinners Cooking Out”
Food Network has ordered 16 additional new episodes of the recently introduced “Symon’s Dinners Cooking Out” before competing the initial six-episode run. Pre-production has begun on the new episodes with eight set to premiere beginning Sunday. July 19th at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by eight on the Food Network Kitchen app which will roll out weekly beginning in September.
“Symon’s Dinners Cooking Out” features Michael Symon showcasing some of his favorite outdoor meals and cooking techniques, while inviting viewers to cook along as he demonstrates how simple and fun it is to make amazing dishes at home in the backyard. From traditionally grilled foods to unconventional entrées, Michael’s passion for cooking is ever on display as is his desire to help those at home serve up home-cooked dishes for themselves and their families.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte  
Discussion about current, returning and upcoming shows in late June 2020: “Celebrity Show-Off” (TBS), “Search Party” (HBO Max), “Perry Mason” (HBO), “The 2020 BET Awards” (BET/CBS), and “The 47th Daytime Emmy Awards” (CBS). Douglas Pucci with Scott Nolte of Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). Originally aired June 16, 2020. Click here

Tomorrow Will Be Televised Podcast – Click here 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

OWN will a air one-hour reunion special with the cast of Tyler Perry drama, “If Loving You Is Wrong, on Tuesday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET. Titled “If Loving You Is Wrong: Oh So Right” and hosted by Edwina Findley Dickerson, cast members will relive the biggest moments from the series in addition to answering fan questions and discussing the key moments from the series. 

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: NBC game show “Cannonball, Acorn TV mystery “The Sommerdahl Murders”…Docuseries ‘Ti and Tiny” concludes for the season on VH1…For the listing of available programs for Monday, June 29, click here