Friday, May 15, 2020
This Day in History
Disney introduced Micky Mouse and Minnie Mouse in a theatrical short called “Plane Crazy” in 1928…NBC’s Emmy-winning “Get Smart,” which began on NBC and moved to CBS in the fall of 1969, concluded after five seasons in 1970…McDonald’s Coportation was founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernadino, California. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo being introduced in 1953 at a location in Phoenix, Arizona…In 1977, the clan called Anderson reunited for the first of two “Father Knows Best” reunions on NBC…Milton Bradley introduced electonic game “Simon” in 1978…Aaron Spelling crime solver “Starsky & Hutch” concluded its four season run on ABC in 1979..,”Dick Clark’s Censored Bloopers,” the precursor to “Dick Clark’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes,” led into TV movie “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island”…Classic “Jump the Shark” moment: Terrorists interrupted the wedding of Amanda (Catherine Oxenberg) and Prince Michael (Michael Pared) in the insane “Moldavian massacre” fifth-season finale of ABC’s “Dynasty” in 1985…On “Three’s Company” in 1984: Mary Cadorette was introdiced as Jack’s (John Ritter) love interest, which set the stage for upcoming one season spin-off “Three’s a Crowd”… Victoria Principal made her final appearance as Pam on CBS’ “Dallas” in 1987. And, no…it was not a dream!… Emmy did not come calling: In 1994, NBC aired TV movie “Joan and Melissa: Tear After Laughter,” starring Joan and Melissa Rivers…The kids on ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World” — Corey (Ben Savage), Topanga (Danielle Fishel) and Shawn (Rider Strong) — graduated high school in 1998. And, yes…William Daniels as Mr. Feeney was one of their teachers in college also.
Peter, Paul & Mary won their 1st Grammy in 1963 with “If I Had a Hammer.” Two songs led the Billboard Top 100: “Ebony and Ivory,” by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder in 1982; and “That’s the Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson on 1993. Jennifer Lopez was one of the backup dancer’s in the Jackson music video.
“Lethal Weapon 3” opened in 1992.
Actress Anna Maria Alberghetti is 84; singer Trini Lopez is 83; actress Lainie Kazan (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) is 78; actor and producer Chazz Palminteri (“A Bronx Tale”) is 74; actress Gunilla Hutton (“Petticoat Junction,” “Hee Haw”) is also 78; “Matt Houston” star Lee Horsley is 65; football player Emmitt Smith is 51; David Charvet (“Baywatch”) is 48; “The Sopranos” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 39.
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
NBC Acquires Medical Canadian Series “Transplant”
NBC will broadcast 13-episodes of Canadian medical drama “Transplant,” which airs on CTV and centers on Dr. Bashir “Bash” Hamed, a Syrian doctor with battle-tested skills in emergency medicine who fled his country with his younger sister, Amira. Together they struggle to build a new life in Canada as Bash strives to rebuild his career in medicine. The series stars Hamza Haq (“Quantico”), Laurence Leboeuf (“The Disappearance”), John Hannah (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Jim Watson (“Mary Kills People”) and Ayisha Issa (“Polar”).
Creator Joseph Kay serves as executive producer along with Jocelyn Deschenes, Bruno Dube, Randy Lennox, Virginia Rankin, Jeremy Spry and Tara Woodbury. “Transplant” is produced by Sphère Média Plus in association with CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles worldwide distribution for the series.
RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
CBS All Access Renews “The Good Fight” for Season 5
CBS All Access has greenlit legal drama “The Good Fight” for a fifth season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2021. Due to the ongoing halt in production since early March, the current fourth season will conclude with episode seven on Thursday, May 28.
Season four of “The Good Fight” finds Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart navigating a very different landscape. After they lost their biggest client, Chumhum, and their founding partner’s name was tarnished, Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart was forced to accept an offer by a huge multi-national law firm, STR Laurie, to become a small subsidiary. Suddenly, all of their decisions can be second-guessed by the giant firm that is literally on top of them. While STR Laurie initially seem like benevolent overlords, we find Diane Lockhart and her colleagues chafing at their loss of independence while simultaneously investigating the emergence of a mysterious “Memo 618.”
The cast includes Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Sarah Steele, Nyambi Nyambi, Michael Boatman, Zach Grenier, John Larroquette, Audra McDonald, Hugh Dancy and Delroy Lindo.
USA Cancels Dramas “The Purge” and “Treadstone”
USA Network has opted against news season of dramas “The Purge” and “Treadstone.” “The Purge” aired for two seasons and “Treadstone” just one. Debuting on September 4, 2018 and based on the movie franchise of the same name, horror anthology “The Purge” revolved around an alternate dystopian United States ruled by a totalitarian government that sanctions a 12-hour period which legalizes all crimes, including vandalism, theft, arson, and murder. Twenty episodes in total were produced.
“Treadstone” launched on September 24, 2019 and was based on the “Bourne” film series. It explored the origin story and present-day actions of a fictional CIA black-ops program known as Operation Treadstone — a covert program that uses a behavior-modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly-superhuman assassins. The series, which produced 10 episodes, followed sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously ‘awakened’ to resume their deadly missions
“The Purge” and “Treadstone” join drama “Dare Me,” which was recently also canceled by USA after one season.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
The CW to Announces Delayed January 21 Start for New TV Season
The CW has announced its programming plans for next season, which due to the current health crisis will not begin until January 2021. The network will introduce four new dramas. There will be two in the fall (“Superman & Lois” and “Walker” and the reboot of “Walker, Texas Ranger”) and two later in the season (the reboot of “Kung Fu” and “The Republic of Sarah.” Five returning series — “Supergirl,” “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Dynasty,” “Into the Dark” and “Roswell, New Mexico” — will be back at an undisclosed time later in the season.
Five nights of the week will be changed (excluding Monday and Wednesday), with upcoming “Superman & Lois” slated at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday out of “The Flash,” and “Walker” in the Thursday 8 p.m. ET hour (into “Legacies”). “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” have been upgraded to kick off Friday, while “Charmed” will step in for “Supergirl” in the Sunday 9 p.m. ET hour (out of “Batwoman”).
For the primetime schedule for The CW effective in January 2021 (followed by the new series descriptions), click here
PIPodcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte – Click here
2020 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network
The National Football League (NFL) announced on Thursday, May 7 its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2020, which (tentatively) runs from September 10, 2020 through January 3, 2021. For a look, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Six-part European drama “The Sleepers” will debut on Monday, May 18 on HBO GO and HBO Now. It will also be available on upcoming streamer HBO Max when it launches on May 27. The story opens in London, October 1989, where a married couple, Marie (Tatiana Pauhofova) and Viktor (Martin Mysicka), who defected from Czechoslovakia under dramatic circumstances 12 years ago, are on their way to Prague. Marie, a professional violinist, longs to see her family again, but Viktor’s motives are less clear. Both anticipate that after the political turmoil in East Germany, Hungary and Poland, the winds of change will soon sweep across Czechoslovakia as well. But it doesn’t take long for them to realize that that time hasn’t yet arrived. After an unexpected turn of events, Marie lies unconscious in a hospital, and Viktor has disappeared without a trace. Worried and distressed, she ends up alone, in a country she doesn’t understand anymore, and which doesn’t understand her.
“Grease-Sing-A-Long,“ featuring follow-along lyrics to all the songs during the classic film “Grease,” will air on CBS on Sunday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET. From CBS: “Grease” continues to be a cultural phenomenon, featuring an explosion of song and dance, as well as star-making performances from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Upon its release, “Grease” made an indelible impact on popular culture. Decades later, the film remains an enduring favorite as legions of new fans continue to discover the memorable moments, sensational soundtrack and classic love story. Boasting unforgettable songs, including “Greased Lightnin’,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” the Academy Award®-nominated “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Beauty School Drop Out” and, of course, the eponymous title track “Grease,” the film is a timeless feel-good celebration.
The animated “One Day at a Time” special will premiere on Pop TV on Tuesday, June 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET. Titled ‘The Politics Episode,’ the half-hour telecast will be fully executed remotely following a marathon of the current season. The special will center around Penelope’s (Justina Machado) conservative cousin Estrellita (Melissa Fumero), Tia Mirtha (Gloria Estefan), and Tio Juanito (Lin-Manuel Miranda) coming to visit and with the impending election, they won’t be able to avoid fighting over politics.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
CBS offers specials “The Greatest #StayatHome Videos” and “Bravery and Hope: 7 Days on the Front Line“…Series premieres: “The Great” on Hulu; “Inhuman Resources” and ““White Lines” on Netflix; “It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer” on Disney+…Season premieres: “Magic for Humans” on Netflix; “Bering Sea Gold” on Discovery…“She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” concludes on Netflix; “RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race” ends for the season on VH1…For the listing of available programs for Friday, May 15, click here