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