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35 of the Most Memorable Commercials in TV History

35 of the Most Memorial Commercials
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ON THIS DAY – Thursday, January 16, 2020

Former network UPN (United Paramount Network) launched with the two-hour debut of “Star Trek: Voyager” in 1995…ABC variety hour “Donny and Marie” opened in 1976 as a replacement for the failed William Shatner western “Barbary Coast”

Celebrity birthdays: Director John Carpenter (“The Thing”) is 72; actress and choreographer Debbie Allen (“Fame”) is 70; model Kate Moss is 46; Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda is 40.

Programming Insider by Marc Berman
Did You Know?:
In the fourth — and final — season of “Donny and Marie,” the show was retitled “The Osmond Family Show” and it moved from Friday at 8 p.m. ET to the 7 p.m. hour on Sunday. At that point, the emphasis was on the entire family.

RATINGS BOX                                                            
Live+7 Weekly Ratings – Week of 12/30/19: Click here

Live+Same Day Data
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Tuesday 1/14/20: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


truTV Orders Unscripted Sitcom “Tirdy Works”
truTV has greenlit unscripted sitcom “Tirdy Works,” which is set in a small rural town with four paved roads and a booming new business: arts and crafts created out of moose turds. Set in Somerville, Maine, the series is described as an off-kilter look at entrepreneurship, parenthood, and life told through the eyes of artist Mary Winchenbach and her family.

The logline: What started with a single turd and a simple concept, Mary’s moose-poop creations took America by storm after a local news story went viral. Helping Mary bring her art to the masses are her longtime partner Deb, teenaged daughter Katie, and a colorful cast of locals, including self-described “bitch on the hill” Tammi. In order to make all their dreams come true, Mary must bring the townspeople together to help her growing business, all the while juggling her family and a house full of turds.  But winter is coming… can this pot-smoking, wise-cracking, working class hero deliver before the cold snap hits?

“Tirdy Works” is produced by Scout Productions with David Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric and Chad Greulach serving as executive producers, with Greulach also serving as showrunner. Michel Bloom is serving as executive producer for Bongo Pictures.

HBO Max Announces Anthology Series “The Uninhabitable Earth”
HBO Max has ordered anthology series “The Uninhabitable Earth” from Adam McKay (“Succession”), which is inspired by the best-selling book by David Wallace-Wells. The series will be comprised of stand-alone fictional stories covering a wide range of genres and possible futures that could result from the rapid warming of our planet.

The plan is for the first season to enlist top directors and writers to join in creating a provocative and entertaining series that taps into our unease with just how delicately our planet is teetering on the precipice .

In the book, David Wallace-Wells offers readers a travelogue of the near future and the impending terrors – rising sea levels, food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation – we will all face. His work forecasts all of the ways the world will be forever transformed if we don’t take swift, sweeping measures.

HBO Greenlights Limited Series “The Undoing”
HBO will present a six-episode limited series called “The Undoing” from David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”) and Susanne Bier. The series follows Grace and Jonathan Fraser (Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant) who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child (Noah Jupe) and her family.

“The Undoing,” which debuts in May, will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

Netflix Orders Animated Comedy “The House”
Netflix has greenlit dark animated comedy “The House” from Animation Firm Nexus Studios. The scoop: The series is a collection of cinematic stories that are intelligent, witty, inquisitive, warm and packed with offbeat humor. It focuses on a house and the surreal tales of three generations of families who made it their home.


TBS Orders Two More Seasons of “American Dad!”
TBS has ordered two more seasons of the animated comedy “American Dad!,” which will be hitting the 300-episode milestone this season. The series centers on super-patriotic CIA agent Stan Smith (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and the misadventures of his unconventional family in Langley Falls, VA.

“American Dad!”  originally aired on Fox from 2005 to 2014, and has been airing on TBS since 2014. This will take the animated show through 18 seasons.

The series was created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, and is run by co-showrunners Weitzman and Brian Boyle.


35 of the Most Memorable Commercials in TV History
Do you remember Clara Peller angrily asking “Where’s the Beef?” The 81-year-old made her first appearance as a spokesperson for Wendy’s 36 years ago. Peller, as you might recall, was featured with two other ladies in that 1984 spot while being served a huge hamburger bun containing a miniscule hamburger patty. Those three words became a cultural phenomenon.

Peller, of course, is just one of many personalities featured on a series of memorable commercials over the years. Bulova Watch Company is remembered as the subject for the first official TV commercial, which aired on WNBT (now WNBC) in New York during a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies at the old Ebbets Field.

This week, let’s take a walk down TV memory lane for the commercials (listed in no particular order) that are sure to ring a nostalgic bell. For a look, click here

Network Executives Turned Producers: A Growing Trend in this Era of “Peak TV” Click here

“The Joker” Leads the Academy Awards Nominations – Click here

Play the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards Pick’Em Game
With the “26th Screen Actors Guild Award” taking place Sunday, January 19, 2020 on TBS abd TNT, here is your chance to predict who will win via the Programming Insider Screen Actors Guild Awards Pick’Em Game! To participate, click here

The Original “Dynasty” on ABC Turns 39 – Click here


2019-20 NFL Playoffs: Conference Championships and Pro Bowl TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here

2019-20 NFL Playoffs: Conference Championships and Pro Bowl TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here


Nickelodeon game show “The Crystal Maze, hosted by comedian/writer Adam Conover,   will premiere Friday, Jan. 24, at 7:00 p.m. ET. The series will feature Conover as the Maze Master, charged with guiding one family team through physical and mental challenges set within an elaborate labyrinth of four giant and immersive themed zones: Aztec, Eastern, Futuristic and Industrial. In each episode, the youngest family member takes on the role of team Captain. The successful completion of escape-room style challenges are rewarded with a “time crystal” granting the family five seconds in the centerpiece final zone called the Crystal Dome.

The new season of “Expedition Unknown” will debut on February 5 on Discovery Channel. The logline: With a passion for the unexplained and a thirst for adventure, Josh Gates has spent his career traversing the globe investigating history’s greatest legends and mysteries. Now, he faces his most daring expeditions yet, from searching for the only large U.S. commercial airliner to vanish off the face of the earth to a quest across Africa to unearth the many missing links between modern man and our earliest ancestors.

The sixth season of drama “The Cowboy Way” will open on INSP on Wednesday, February 5 at 98 p.m. ET. The logline: the seriezs follows the adventures of three modern-day cowboys: Bubba Thompson, rancher and expert carpenter; Cody Harris, rodeo champion and cattle dealer; and Chris “Booger” Brown, expert cattleman and horse trainer, as they build their cattle business in South Alabama.  They are driven by a cowboy code that is as important to them as it was to the pioneers of the Old West.  Their days may not be easy, but they make a strong case that they are better.

ABC launched two-hour documentary “The Last Days of Richard Pryor”…Freeform launches “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” on Freeform out of the season premiere of “Grown-ish”“Hometown Homicide” returns on ID…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, January 16 click here