THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019
ON THIS DAY
Frank Sinatra and film star Ava Gardner were married in 1951. Their union lasted six years…Classic theatrical “Gone with the Wind” made its broadcast debut on NBC in 1976 in a two-part airing that concluded the following evening…The episode titled “Strangers” on ABC’s “thirtysomething” in 1989 created a great deal of controversy because it depicted two gay men, Russell (David Marshall Grant) and Peter (Peter Frechette), in bed together after having sex. A number of advertisers pulled their commercials. In 2005, TV Land included this episode as part of the “Top 100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History,” ranking it #27…”Dirty Jobs,” featuring Mike Rowe, launched on Discovery in 2003…
Celebrity Birthdays: Folk singer Joni Mitchell is 76;
“The Brady Bunch” star Christopher Knight is 62;
“Workaholics” star Adam DeVine is 35.
Did You Know?
David Clennon, who played Michael (Ken Olin) and Elliott’s (Timothy Busfield) corrupt boss Miles Drentell on “thirtysomething” reprised his role on ABC drama “Once and Again” in 2000. In that series, he was described as an unscrupulous developer.
Live+Same Day Ratings
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Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of Oct. 21: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
CBS Orders New Sports Comedy “Game On!”
CBS has ordered “Game On!,” a sports comedy entertainment series based on “A League of Their Own,” the U.K. series currently in its 14th season on Sky. The U.S. version will be hosted by actor, writer and producer Keegan-Michael Key, and will feature tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams and New England Patriots Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski as team captains. Actor and comedian Bobby Lee (“Mad TV,” “Tiger Belly”) and writer “The Late Late Show with James Corden” writer Ian Karmel will serve as comedian panelists.
The logline: Equal parts comedy and game show, the genre-busting GAME ON! pits two teams of three, captained by Williams and Gronkowski, with comedians Lee and Karmel and a rotating mix of sports stars, comedians and celebrities, against one another. The teams will go head to head in over-the-top physical challenges, from seeing who can dunk the most basketballs over a tank of water while harnessed on a bungee cord, to taking on a sumo wrestler in the ring. They will also have their sports-related knowledge tested with trivia questions, such as “Which football player cried the longest after winning a championship?” and “Which of these athletes was the largest baby when they were born?”
“Game On!” is produced by Eye Productions Inc. and Fulwell 73 Productions with CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. The executive producers for Fulwell 73 Productions are Ben Winston, James Corden and Emma Conway with David Taylor, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux serving as executive producers for CPL Productions. Rob Gronkowski, Elle Key, Keegan-Michael Key, Henry Penzi and Venus Williams also serve as executive producers.
The CW to Reboot “Kung Fu”
The CW has put into development a reboot of classic martial arts drama “Kung Fu,” this time with a female lead, which would mark the second time the series is being redone. The original “Kung Fu,” starring David Carradine, ran on ABC from 1972 to 1975, with the first revival, “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues,” also featuring Carradine, airing in first-run syndication from 1993 to 1997.
The one-hour series, which was previously set up at Fox with a put pilot order, has Christina M. Kim now attached to write and executive produce and Martin Gero attached to executive produce. As before, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions remain onboard as executive producers. Gero’s Quinn House and Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television, where both are set up under overall deals.
The logline: In the new take on the series, a quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice, all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her. It is inspired by the original series created by Ed Spielman.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
20 Years Later: I Still Feel The Need For “Greed” – Click here
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte
This week the pair discusses the animated/live hybrid ABC special “The Little Mermaid Live!” and two Apple TV+ series, “The Morning Show” and “Dickinson.“ To listen, click here
2019 College Football Week 11 TV and Announcer Schedule
Heavyweights clash as the No. 2 LSU Tigers (8-0, 4-0 SEC) visit the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0) (CBS, Nov. 9 3:30 p.m. ET). The clubs are atop the Associated Press Top 25 for Week 11, but each was bumped down a position in the initial College Football Playoff ranking in favor of Ohio State.
For the week 11 college football regular season schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers), click here
2019 NFL Regular Season Week 10 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
HBO will debut documentary “Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season,“ which recounts the iconic skier’s last competitive campaign while looking back on her transcendent career, from child prodigy to decorated Olympian to global superstar, on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. ET. The film will also be available on HBO on Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and partners’ streaming platforms.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The Los Angeles Chargers face the Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football on Fox…Investigation Discovery (ID) debuts “Object of Murder”…“The Carbonaro Effect” opens a new season on truTV…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, November 7 click here