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ABC and Starz Announce New Series; Remembering Fred Silverman

ON THIS DAY – Friday, January 31, 2020

Lucy (Charlene Tilton) visited her newly remarried parents (Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark) on recently launched “Dallas” spin-off “Knots Landing” on CBS in 1980…ABC sitcom “The Wonder Years” began its five-and-one-half season run on ABC in 1988. It won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in that first abbreviated season…NBC crime solver “Homicide: Life on the Street” debuted on NBC following “Super Bowl XXVII” in 1993…

Celebrity birthdays: Actress Minnie Driver (“Speechless”) is 50; actress Portia de Rossi is 47; “Scandal” star Kerry Washington is 43; former “SNL” cast member Bobby Moynihan is also 43; singer Justin Timberlake is 39.

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

Did You Know?
Richard Belzer, who played Detective John Munch as a regular on “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: SVU, has guest-starred as that character in 7 other series: “Law & Order,” “The X-Files,” “The Beat,” “Arrested Development,” “Law & Order: Trial by Jury, “The Wire” and “30 Rock.

RATINGS BOX                                                            

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 1/27/20 – Click here
Tuesday 1/28/20: Click here
Wednesday 1/29/20: Click here

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of January 13: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


ABC Greenlights Drama “The Big Sky” from David E. Kelley

ABC has picked up “The Big Sky,” a thriller based on C.J. Box’s Cassie Dewell novel series, which will be produced by David E. Kelley. The logline: Described as a procedural thriller, private detective Cassie Dewell partners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt on a search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken.

The series, which is written and produced by Kelley, comes from A+E Studios in association with 20th Television. Along with Kelley, Ross Fineman and Box will executive produce.

This will be Kelley’s first network television series since “Boston Legal,” which concluded in 2008.

Starz Orders Comedy “Run the World”
Starz has given an eight-episode series order for half-hour comedy “Run the World,” which is the story of a group of black, vibrant, fiercely loyal best friends who work, live and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination. At its core, it’s an unapologetically female show about enviable friendship and not only surviving – but thriving together.

“Run the World” is created and written by Leigh Davenport (The Perfect Find, untitled Wendy Williams biopic) who will executive produce with showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser (Lionsgate’s “Dear White People,” “Living Single”) and Lionsgate Television, where Bowser’s SisterLee Productions is under an overall deal. Millicent Shelton (“black-ish,” “P-Valley”) directed the pilot.

The cast includes Amber Stevens West (“The Carmichael Show”) as “Whitney,” Andrea Bordeaux (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) as “Ella,” Bresha Webb (“Marlon”) as “Renee,” Corbin Reid (“Valor”) as “Sondi” and Stephen Bishop (Moneyball, Imposters) as “Matthew.”

Fox Greenlights Comedy Pilot “This Country”
Fox has given a pilot order for “This Country,” a comedy based on the BBC series from Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”) and Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”). The series, which is described as a half-hour mockumentary inspired by the BBC Three scripted format,  follows the daily lives of cousins Kelly and Shrub Mallet, who are trailed by a documentary crew who go to a small town to study young adults and their current concerns in an idiosyncratic surrounding. The show follows the pair as they pursue their dreams, confront challenges and fight each other for frozen pizza.

Bicks will write and executive produce the project through her Perkins Street Productions banner. Feig will executive produce and direct.

“This Country” is a co-production between Lionsgate, Fox Entertainment, BBC Studios, and Feigco Entertainment. The project is part of Bicks’ and Feig’s overall deals with Lionsgate.

CBS Gives Four Season Renewal to “The Young and the Restless”
On the heels of NBC renewing “Days of Our Lives” for 2020-21 comes word that CBS and Sony Pictures Television have picked up veteran “The Young and the Restless” for four additional seasons. That will take the daytime drama through 2023-24 (and 51 seasons).

The series is broadcast weekdays at 12:30 p.m. ET and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. Anthony Morina is the show’s executive producer. The co-executive producer and head writer is Josh Griffith.

A&E Renews “Court Cam” for Season Two
A&E Network has greenlit a second season of “Court Cam,” chronicles some of the most stunning and emotional courtroom moments caught on camera. Whether it be frightening outbursts, crazed defendants, amazing acts of service or furious judges, the series gives viewers a comprehensive look at how all of the action unfolds. Paired with interviews with judges, witnesses, bystanders, and victims, viewers are kept on the edge of their seats as Dan Abrams gives viewers a firsthand look at some of the most startling courtroom moments.

“Court Cam” is produced by Law & Crime Productions with Dan Abrams, Rachel Stockman and Paul Tinelli serving as executive producers. Shelly Tatro and Sean Gottlieb serve as executive producers for A&E Network.


Television Programming Executive Fred Silverman Dies at 82

Fred Silverman, the television producer and executive who was the head of programming at one time at each of the Big 3 broadcast networks, died yesterday from complications from cancer. He was 82.
Born on Sept. 13, 1937 in New York City, Silverman caught the eye of CBS executives after they read his nearly 600-page master’s thesis analyzing the ABC network from 1953 to 1959.
As the only person to ever oversee entertainment for three networks,  Silverman was dubbed “the man with the golden gut” by Time magazine, for his ability to pick shows that would strike a chord with the audience. For more, click here

Super Bowl LIV Looks for Another Record Number of Streams … in Dense 4K File Sizes
As always, the power of traditional linear broadcast television will be on full display Sunday, when the San Francisco 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs in “Super Bowl LIV” at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on FOX. But reaching the typical 100-million viewer benchmark is becoming more of a challenge given the increase of viewers streaming the live sporting event. Click here

Is It Already Too Late for Apple TV+At the just-wrapped Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour, Apple billed its new Apple TV+ streaming service as the destination for “creative storytellers.” But can the biggest name in consumer technology get anyone to watch anything these top creative storytellers produce? Click here


2019-20 NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl LIV Week TV Schedule – Click here


The third season of “In Cold Blood, hosted by Ice-T,” will open on Oxygen on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. ET. In the upcoming season, when some of the most basic human desires – sex and money – cloud our judgment with lust and greed, they run the risk of dangerous consequences. Additionally, real-life cases spotlight unhinged passion motivating someone enough to kill will be featured.

Emmy-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1 will return for a new season on Friday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. ET. The new season will feature 90-minute episodes leading into after-show “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” at 9:30 PM ETIn the premiere, 13 new drag queens enter the competition for a chance to win $100,000 and the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”

Animated “Bojack Horseman” concludes on Netflix…Series premieres: “Luna Nera” and “Ragnarok” on Netflix; “Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer” on Amazon…Season premieres: “All or Nothing” on Amazon; “Diablero” and “Unauthorized Living” on Netflix…“The World According to Jeff Goldblum”

For the listing of available programs for Friday, January 31 click here