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ABC and HGTV Announce New Series; Fox Stations Renew “25 Words Or Less,” “Divorce Court” and “Dish Nation”

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Candice Bergen began her run on CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” in 1988. The height of its popularity stemmed from a speech given by then Vice President Dan Quayle on May 19, 1992, criticizing the Murphy Brown character for “ignoring the importance of fathers by birthing a child alone.” The revival of “Murphy Brown” last season only lasted 13 episodes…Musical “La Cage aux Folles” closed at Palace Theater NYC after 1761 performances in 1987…

Celebrity Birthdays:

Charles, Prince of Wales is 70
politician Condoleezza Rice is 64
actor Patrick Warburton (“Rules of Engagement”) is 54
actor Josh Duhamel (“Las Vegas”) is 46.

Did You Know?
During its initial decade long run, “Murphy Brown” featured a total of 93 secretaries, including Marcia Wallace, who reprised her role as Carol Kester Bondurant from “The Bob Newhart Show.”  At the end of the episode, Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart) showed up and pleaded for her to return, which she did. Recently, Bette Midler, one of Murphy’s one episode secretaries from the original series, returned for a visit.

RATINGS BOX                                                            

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of October 28, 2019
“This Is Us” on NBC tops all in total viewer and demo gains. Click here

Live+Same Day Ratings
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Source: Nielsen Media Research


ABC Orders “Ultimate Surfer” Competition Series
Just when you wondered what was left to be covered in a TV competition series, along comes ABC with news of the pick-up of “Ultimate Surfer.” The show, with professional surfer Kelly Slater,  will feature up-and-coming surfers training and living together as they battle it out at the World Surf League’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California. Production on eight episodes of “Ultimate Surfer” begins in 2020.

“Ultimate Surfer” is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios. Pilgrim CEO and president Craig Piligian, WSL Studios president of Content and Media Erik Logan, and UFC president Dana White are executive producers.

HGTV Orders “Home Town Rescue”
HGTV has greenlit new event series “Home Town Rescue” (working title), starring Ben and Erin Napier who will take on their biggest project yet – an entire town in need of a renovation. The logline: the Napiers will mobilize members of one community to renovate multiple individual homes in the town and upgrade public spaces, such as parks, local diners and/or recreational centers.

The husband and wife duo, who currently star “Home Town,” helped rebuild their own neck of the woods in Laurel, Mississippi — inspiring the population to transform the town’s empty storefronts and houses that were in disrepair into a thriving destination for tourists and locals alike.

“Home Town Rescue” is a six-episode series slated to premiere on HGTV in 2021.


PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte  
Discussion about two offerings from the Nov. 12 launce of the Disney+ streaming service, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and the live-action film remake of “Lady and the Tramp;” as well as two new Apple TV+ series” “For All Mankind” and “See.” Click here

Netflix and Nickelodeon Form Multi-Year Deal
Netflix and Nickelodeon have formed a new, multi-year output deal to produce original animated feature films and television series for kids and families around the world. This marks an expansion of the existing relationship between the companies, which has already brought several titles to Netflix, including animated specials “Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling” and “Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus.” Also forthcoming are specials based on “The Loud House” and “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

The upcoming 2019 animated slate on Netflix includes family animated feature film “Klaus” from Sergio Pablos (streaming November 15), kids animated series “Dino Girl Gauko” from Japan (streaming November 22), adult animated film “I Lost My Body” from Jérémy Clapin (streaming November 29), and “Fast & Furious Spy Racers” from DreamWorks (streaming December 26), among others.


TBS Renews “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” for Season 5
TBS has greenlit late night talker “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” for a fifth season. Additionally, TBS has renewed its first look deal with Bee’s production company, Swimsuit Competition, that focuses on developing amusing original content that is definitely worth spending a weekend bingeing. Swimsuit Competition continues to seek great ideas from people who are flying under the radar, or whose work has been underestimated.

Fox Stations Renew “25 Words Or Less,” “Divorce Court” and “Dish Nation”
The Fox Station Group, which consists of 28 stations (including nine in the Top 10), has issued renewals to a trio of syndicated first-run strips: “25 Words or Less,” veteran “Divorce Court” and tabloid newsmagazine “Dish Nation.” This will mark the second season for recently introduced “25 Words or Less,” hosted by Meredith Vieira; the 22nd season for “Divorce Court;” and season nine for “Dish Nation.”

Apple Greenlights “For All Mankind” for Season Two
Apple has officially renewed drama “For All Mankind” for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes. Created and written by Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, the series dramatizes an alternative history depicting “what would have happened if the global space race had never ended” after the Soviet Union succeeds in the first manned Moon landing.

“For All Mankind” stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten and Jodi Balfour.


2019 NFL Regular Season Week 11 Announcer Schedule – Click here


Oxygen’s “Homicide For the Holidays” will open season four on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The new season features four chilling stories of holidays taking a sweeping turn when a loved one is brutally killed by an unforeseen suspect and investigations unfold that stun everyone involved.

The new season of “The Bachelor” will begin on ABC with a three-hour installment on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at 8 p.m. The logline: Airline pilot Peter Weber flew into the hearts of women everywhere and left all of America shocked and heartbroken when Hannah Brown decided to end their relationship. Now Peter is back and his search for a soul mate.

“Grey’s Anatomy” reaches 350 episodes on ABC…The Pittsburgh Steelers face the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football on Fox…Docuseries “Floribama Shore” returns on MTV…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, November 14 click here