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Amazon, Discovery and HBO Max Announce New Series

Programming Insider by Marc Berman



Thursday, December 19, 2019

CBS debuted made-for television movie “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” in 1971, which introduced us to the clan called Walton. Effective on Sept. 14, 1972, drama “The Waltons” began its nine season run on the Eye net…NBC aired one-hour special, “Jack Paar is Alive and Well,” in 1987, which featured guests Debbie Reynolds, Jackie Mason and Pat Sajak…ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World” hit the 100-epiosde mark in 1997.  It concluded on May 5, 2000 after seven seasons and spun-off “Girl Meets World” on Disney Channel…

Celebrity Birthdays: “The Brady Bunch” star Mike Lookinland is 59; actress Jennifer Beals (“Flashdance”) is 56; magician Criss Angel is 52; “Who’s the Boss?” star Alyssa Milano is 47.

Did You Know?
Patricia Neal as Olivia Walton on “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” did not reprise her role  on “The Waltons” due to the grinds of shooting a weekly television series.   The actress was still recovering from a stroke she had suffered in 1965.  Olivia on “The Waltons,” of course, was played by Michael Learned, who won three Emmy Awards for the role.

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Discovery Orders “Revenge of the Nerd” from Jimmy Kimmel
Discovery has greenlit a prank series from Kimmy Kimmel’s production company KImmelot tentatively titled “Revenge of the Nerds.” The series will follow YouTuber Mark Rober and his band of “Avengineers” as they traverse the globe in an attempt to seek revenge on troublemakers through absurd pranks captured on hidden cameras.

“Revenge of the Nerds” is executive produced by Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Rober and Scott Lonker alongside ITV America’s David George and Karen Kunkel Young. For Discovery Channel, Scott Lewers and Joseph Boyle are executive producers. Eight one-hour episodes have been ordered.

Amazon Acquires the Rights to Drama “I Hope You Get This Message”
Amazon Studios 
has acquired the TV rights to drama “I Hope You Get This Message” from Glasstown Entertainment, which is based on the novel by Farah Naz Rishi. The book tells the tale of three teens – Cate, Jesse, and Adeem – who find themselves on a collision course with fate in the aftermath of a message from an alien race granting humans seven remaining days to live. News stations across the country are reporting mysterious messages that Earth has been receiving from a planet – Alma – claiming to be its creator. If they’re being interpreted correctly, in seven days Alma will hit the kill switch on their “colony” Earth.

“Farah is an astonishingly talented debut author who brings wit and authenticity to these characters,” Glasstown president of publishing Lexa Hillyer said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Amazon Studios to introduce her voice—and the inspiring story of Cate, Jesse and Adeem—to the small screen.”

HBO Max to Develop Drama “The Beach”
Upcoming streamer HBO Max is developing a drama from Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries”) called “The Beach” based on author Melissa de la Cruz’s book “Beach Lane.” The book follows three local teens who work in the Hamptons’ lavish estates and exclusive beach clubs and on breathtaking boats during one magical summer as their lives and hearts become increasingly intertwined with wealthy families who swoop in from the city for the season.

Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith (“Life Sentence”) will write the script and executive produce alongside Plec under her Warner Bros. TV-based My So-Called Company banner.


Eve Plumb to Star in HGTV Pilot “Generation Renovation” on Christmas Eve

“The Brady Bunch” star Eve Plumb, now featured on “A Very Brady Renovation” on HGTV, will be headlining a pilot for a proposed series on the cable net called “Generation Renovation.” Airing Tuesday, December 24 at 11 p.m. ET, Eve teams up with preservationist Brett Waterman, star of DIY Network’s “Restored,” and her husband and renovation partner Ken Pace to modernize dilapidated cabins and cottages that have been in families for generations. As Eve, Brett and Ken transform the well-loved but worn properties, they also give a nod to the homes’ rich histories and ensure they will be enjoyed by future generations to come.

 “The Waltons” Joins the MeTV Line-Up
Classic family drama “The Waltons,” which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1981 and spawned six made-for television movies, will be featured on nostalgia network MeTV weekdays at 12 p.m. ET effective on Wednesday, January 1. The series is based on the rural upbringing of creator Earl Hammer Jr. who detailed his childhood memories in the 1961 novel Spencer’s Mountain,” which was made into a feature film two years later starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara.

In 1971, the characters were renamed Walton and were featured on TV movie “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story,” which led to the beloved series the following fall.

Set in a fictional mountain town, “The Waltons” follows the life and of John Walton Jr., aka “John-Boy” (Richard Thomas), along with his six siblings, parents John (Ralph Waite) and Olivia Walton (Michael Learned), and grandparents Zeb (Will Geer) and Esther (Ellen Corby). portrayed by Ralph Waite and Primetime Emmy Award Winner Michael Learned.

By season two, “The Waltons” was the second highest rated program on television (behind “All in the Family”), and it won 13 Primetime Emmy Awards (including one for Outstanding Drama) and two Golden Globe Awards.

PI Podcast With Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte
Discussion about the best shows of 2019: “Stranger Things” (Netflix), “Killing Eve” (AMC/BBC America), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “Sex Education” (Netflix), “Evil” (CBS), “Prodigal Son” (Fox), “GLOW” (Netflix), and “The Good Place” (NBC). To listen, click here


ABC Releases Retro-Style Promos for Their Current and Upcoming Programs

On a night already filled with nostalgia on ABC, thanks to the Dec. 18 “Live in Front of A Studio Audience” featuring recreated episodes of “Good Times” and “All in the Family”, the network debuted on-air promos in the style of ABC in the 1970’s and early 1980’s.
Steve French, an on-air announcer for ABC’s “Match Game”, impersonated the late Ernie Anderson — the voice for most of ABC’s series commercials from four decades ago — for each promo of what’s upcoming on ABC. For a look, click here

“Call the Midwife, which returns for season nine on PBS in March 2020, will be featured in a holiday-themed episode on Wednesday, December 25 from 9-10:30 p.m. The logline: Mother Mildred and the Nonnatus House team go to the Outer Hebrides in response to a nursing shortage. Navigating the terrain, they strive to keep up with the needs of the locals.

Stand-up comedy special “Russell Peters: Deported” will premiere on Amazon on Friday, January 17. Recorded at Mumbai’s NSCI Stadium, Peters explores his life as a middle-aged man dealing with health issues, relationships and fatherhood. The one-hour special also features Peters’ lightning-fast signature improv with the audience


2019-20 College Football Bowl Season TV Schedule

ESPN’s entire 35-game bowl slate begins Friday, Dec. 20. Their postseason college football coverage is highlighted by the exclusive presentation of the College Football Playoff, which begins with the Semifinals on Saturday, Dec. 28. The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will feature No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (4 p.m. ET) from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The Peach Bowl precedes the CFP Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson (8 p.m.) from State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
The winners of the semifinals will play in the CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T (8 p.m.) from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Monday, Jan. 13.