ON THIS DAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH
Series premieres: Sitcom “Car 54, Where Are You?” in 1961; “The Fugitive” on ABC in 1963; “Bewitched” on ABC in 1964; “Hogan’s Heroes” and “The Smothers Brothers Show,” both CBS, in 1965; “Mission: Impossible” on CBS in 1966; “Julia” on NBC in 1968; “Room 222” on ABC in 1969; “The Flip Wilson Show” on NBC in 1970; “MASH” on CBS in 1972; “The Love Boat” (as a TV movie) on ABC in 1976; “Battlestar Galactica” on ABC in 1978; “Head of the Class” on ABC in 1986; “Home Improvement” on ABC in 1991; “Spin City” on ABC in 1996 and “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” with John Ritter and Katey Sagal on ABC in 2002…Oprah Winfrey officially launched Oprah’s Book Club on her syndicated talk show in 1996.
The Warner Bros. cartoon characters of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, created by Chuck Jones, were first introduced in the animated short “Fast and Furry-ous” in 1949…”Divine Madness” starring Bette Midler opened in theaters in 1980.
The Supremes released single “Baby Love” in 1964…Jim Morrison of The Doors performed “Light My Fire” in its original form on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1967, despite CBS executives’ demand that the word “higher” be removed from the song…Also in 1967, The Who set off a giant explosion at the end of their performance on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour“…Ringo Starr released “Ringo’s Rotogravure” album in 1976…Single “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers was released in 1982.
Legendary NBA head coach Phil Jackson is 75; actress Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira is 69; comedienne Rita Rudner is 67; film director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”) is 58; film director Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge”) is 58; actor Dustin Nguyen (“21 Jump Street”) is 58; actor Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”) is 55; actor Malik Yoba (“New York Undercover”) is 53; home designer Nate Berkus is 49; actor Bobby Lee (“Mad TV”) is 49; NASCAR racing champion Jimmie Johnson is 45; “American Idol” season five contestant Constantine Maroulis is 45; Washington Capitals hockey star Alexander Ovechkin is 35; Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is 25.
Did You Know?
Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis, who co-starred on “Car 54, Where Are You?,” reteamed for CBS’ “The Munsters,” which aired from 1964 to 1966…Two supporting actresses were awarded Emmys on “Bewitched” posthumously: Alice Pearce as Gladys Kravitz) and Marion Lorne as Aunt Clara.
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
ABC Orders Erin Brockovich-Inspired Drama “Rebel” for 2021
ABC has given a straight-to-series order to “Rebel,” which is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich. The logline: Annie “Rebel” Bello (Katey Sagal) is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.
“’Rebel’ is not just my story, it is all of our stories. There is a hero that exists in all of us, and I am so excited for Krista Vernoff and ABC to bring their visionary storytelling to this series,” said Erin Brockovich. “The name ‘Rebel’ oozes self-empowerment, courage and rising above, even in the worst of circumstances. I cannot think of anyone better to play this role than the indomitable Katey Sagal, who is such a force, as well as the rest of this extraordinary cast.”
The series also stars John Corbett as Grady Bello, James Lesure as Benji, Lex Scott Davis as Cassidy, Tamala Jones as Lona, Ariela Barer as Ziggie, Kevin Zegers as Nate, Sam Palladio as Luke and Andy Garcia as Cruz.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Showtime Renews Late Night Talker “Desus & Mero” for Season Three
Showtime has greenlit a third season of “Desur & Mero,” the cable net’s first-ever late-night talk show, for 2021. Season two continues through October, airing weekly on Sunday and Thursday nights at 11 p.m. ET and is currently shot remotely from the hosts’ own homes. Each episode of “Desus & Mero” features the co-hosts giving their take on the day’s hot topics and chatting with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more, such as Senator Kamala Harris, Missy Elliott, Dr. Anthony Fauci, The Beastie Boys, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Vice President Joe Biden and David Letterman.
Produced for Showtime by JAX Media, “Desus & Mero” is executive produced by Desus Nice, The Kid Mero, Lilly Burns, Tony Hernandez, Victor Lopez, Suzanne Fagel and Mike Pielocik.
ABC Cancels Sitcom “United We Fall”
ABC has opted against a second season of multi-camera comedy “United We Fall.” The series, a co-production between Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios, starred Will Sasso and Christina Vidal Mitchell as a couple with young children whose household is turned upside down when his mother (Jane Curtin) moves in with them. It premiered on July 15 and eight episodes in total were produced. The now final episode aired on August 26.
2020 NFL Regular Season Week 2 TV and Announcer Schedule
The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs try to continue their recent dominance of the Chargers (Sep. 20 @ 4:25 PM ET, CBS). Kansas City won both 2019 meetings, and 11 of the last 12. The Chiefs opened with a win over the Texans, while the Chargers topped the Bengals in Week 1.
A pair of 1-0 clubs collide on Sunday Night Football as the Patriots visit the Seahawks (Sep. 20 @ 8:20 PM ET, NBC). The Cam Newton era in New England began with two rushing touchdowns in a 21-11 victory over Miami. Russell Wilson tossed four touchdowns as Seattle routed Atlanta 38-25.
Fifty years to the day “Monday Night Football” debuted on ABC, the NFL raises the curtain on football in Las Vegas as the Raiders host the Saints (Sep. 21 @ 8:15 PM ET, ABC/ESPN). New Orleans spoiled Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay debut with a 34-23 victory in Week 1. Josh Jacobs rushed for three touchdowns to lead Las Vegas over Carolina 34-30.
For the complete Week 1 NFL regular season schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers), click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“Vice Versa: Between Mars,” focused on Elon Musk, the third-richest person in the world, will debut on Vice TV on Monday, September 21 at 10 p.m. ET. The new documentary sets out to investigate if the SpaceX founder and CEO can contend with a small group of retirees who say the eccentric billionaire is forcing them out of their homes to make way for his mission to colonize Mars.
Season 10 of CBS’ “Undercover Boss” will debut with five original episodes on Friday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET. First up is Ray Blanchette, chief executive officer, TGI Fridays, who started at the company as a manager in training in 1989 and finds out if he can still stand the heat in the kitchen and behind the bar, as he attempts to cook up extra business at a couple of locations.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Departure” on Peacock; “Dragon’s Dogma” and “The Last Word” on Netflix; “The Great Pottery Throw Down” on HBO Max; “One Lane Bridge” on Sundance Now; “Spides” on Crackle…Season premieres: “Take Us Home” on Amazon; “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on E!; “Killer Beside Me” on ID…For the complete schedule for Thursday, September 17, click here