Monday, November 4, 2019
ON THIS DAY
Early serialized drama “One Man’s Family” began a three season run on NBC in 1949. It was based on the radio show of the same name and was featured in daytime from 1954-55…The beginning of the end: Lilimae (Julie Harris) introduced Chip (Michael Sabatino) to Ciji (Lisa Hartman) on CBS’ “Knots Landing” in 1982. When viewers protested after the death of Ciji that spring, Hartman returned as Ciji’s lookalike Cathy Geary the following season…David Caruso exited ABC’s “NYPD Blue” early in season two in 1994 for what he thought is a career in movies. But a pair of immediate flops (“Kiss of Death” and “Jade” in 1995) resulted in a return to the small screen in CBS drama “Michael Hayes” in the 1997-98 season. His 10-season stint on “CSI: Miami” began on Sept. 23, 2002…Fox game show “Greed,“ hosted by Chuck Woolery, launched in 1999. For more, click here…
“MASH” star Loretta Swit is 82;
Former First Lady Laura Bush is 73;
actress Markie Post (“Night Court”) is 69;
Comedian Kathy Griffin is 59;
Ralph Macchio (“The Karate Kid”) is 58;
“Survivor” host Jeff Probst is 57;
reality star Bethenny Frankel is 49;
Chef Curtis Stone is 44.
Did You Know?
Loretta Swit originated the role of Christine Cagney in made-for CBS television movie “Cagney & Lacey” in October 1981. When the producers of “MASH” refused to let her out of her contact when it went to series, the role went to Meg Foster. After one season, Sharon Gless replaced Foster and ultimately won two Emmy Awards for her performance.
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
TruTV Orders “Hot Ones: The Game Show”
TruTV has given a 20-episode series order to “Hot Ones: The Game Show,” based on Complex Network’s web talk series, hosted by Sean Evans. The cable network has also licensed episodes of the original digital series, created and produced by Complex Networks’ First We Feast.
In each half-hour episode of “Hot Ones: The Game Show,” two teams of two face three rounds, banking as much cash as they can to compete for the grand prize. Contestants will be quizzed on pop-culture trivia while chowing down on wings slathered in increasingly spicy sauces as their mental and visual skills are tested and they become completely disoriented.
“Hot Ones: The Game Show” will air on truTV as part of a “Hot Ones” hour each week, with one episode of the game show followed by one episode of the original First We Feast digital talk show, also hosted by Evans.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
USA Network Cancels “Suits” Spin-0ff “Pearson
Last January, the expectations were running high for then upcoming “Suits” spin-off “Pearson,” headlined by Gina Torres, on USA. “The pieces were all there,” said Daniel Arkin, the showrunner and executive producer of ‘Pearson’ at the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena. “It didn’t feel like we had to contrive something. There wasn’t a premeditation to spin the character off, but her character had organically come to a crisis in her life, a personal crisis, professional crisis, and had left New York for Chicago to make more of a commitment to her boyfriend.”
Flash to the present and the season one ender of “Pearson” on September 18 is now the series finale. USA has opted against a second season due to the soft traditional ratings, which resulted in “Pearson” as the cable net’s lowest-rated original scripted series. For more, click here
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
20 Years Later: I Still Feel The Need For “Greed”
When I like a TV series, I am loyal to a fault. One game show, in particular, that should have had a longer shelf life (and could still be on the air, actually) was a 1999 entry on Fox called “Greed.” Today marks 20 years since its debut, which arrived on the heels of the mega-success of newbie “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” on ABC.
Unlike “Millionaire,” which burned out prematurely in primetime because of overuse (but found a loyal audience in daytime), “Greed” was abruptly canceled by Fox after just one season for no specific reason. The traditional Nielsen ratings were respectable (particularly on Friday, which had already begun to deteriorate). “Greed” stepped in for failed sci-fi drama “Harsh Realm,” and improved the Friday 9 p.m. ET time period performance. And it was compatible out of non-scripted lead-in “World’s Wildest Police Videos.”
While Fox was intent on finding a successful scripted drama to populate the Friday hour (think “FreakyLinks,” “The X-Files” spinoff “The Lone Gunmen,” “Pasadena,” “Dark Angel,” “Joe Doe,” “Wonderfalls” and “Killer Instinct,” to name a few), none could not compare with “Greed.” Nor could any series in that Friday 9 p.m. time period ever since.
So just why did Fox cancel “Greed”? For more, click here
Legendary ‘Survivor’ Castaway Rudy Boesch Passes Away at 91
Rudy Boesch, famous for competing in the inaugural season of the long-running hit CBS reality competition “Survivor”, died on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Va. at the age of 91 from Alzheimer’s disease.
In that first season from 2000, the then-72 year old Boesch was part of the legendary four-person alliance that included eventual winner Richard Hatch, runner-up Kelly Wiglesworth and fourth-place finisher Sue Hawk. Boesch participated in every challenge all the way until the finale but he ultimately placed third.
Upon applying to be on “Survivor,” Boesch said “I read an article and it had the word challenge… I didn’t know anything about the money, but I was going to do it anyway.” For more, click here
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte
This week the pair reviews Netflix series “Marianne,” Haunted” and “Daybreak,“ Netflix movies “In the Tall Grass,” “Fractured” and “Eli” and Hulu’s “Castle Rock.” To listen, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Season seven of ABC holiday competition series “The Great Christmas Light Fight” will bow on Monday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET. The series will air with back-to-back episodes for three consecutive Mondays. In each one-hour episode, four families with dazzling household displays will compete to win $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy. This season, viewers will also be treated to a second round of the special Heavyweights episode, featuring light shows so massive, they extend well beyond household frames.
“CMA Country Christmas,” hosted by Trisha Yearwood, will air on ABC on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The special features Christmas classics and festive collaborations with Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, CeCe Winans, Brett Young and Chris Young.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
HBO debuts fantasy drama “His Dark Materials”…Season premieres: “The Devil Next Door” on Netflix; “The Devil Speaks” on ID; “Holiday Baking Championship” on Food; “Botched” on E!…For the listing of available programs for Monday, November 4 click here