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Amazon Prime and Discovery Announce New Series; Netflix Renews “Lucifer” for Sixth – and Final – Season

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Series premieres: “Crazy Delicious” on Netflix; “Hot Mess House” on HGTV...”Married at First Sight” on Lifetime concludes for the season…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, June 24, click here

Celebrity Birthdays
Actress Michele Lee (“Knots Landing”) is 78; guitarist Jeff Beck is 76; drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac is 73; actor Joe Penny (“Jake and the Fatman”, “Riptide”) is 64; actor Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”) is 59; actress Danielle Spencer (“What’s Happening”) is 55; actress Sherry Stringfield (“ER”) is 53; Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”) is 41; actress Minka Kelly (“Friday Night Lights”) is 40; basketball player J.J. Redick is 36; singer Solange Knowles is 34; Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi is 33.

Did You Know?
“Charlie’s Angels” finished its first season in 1976-77 as the fifth highest rated program in primetime with a 25.8 household rating. First for that season was “Happy Days” on ABC with a 31.5 rating, followed by spin-off “Laverne & Shirley” (ABC, 30.9), the ABC Monday Night Movie (26.0) and “MASH” (CBS, 25.9). There were seven regularly scheduled movies on the three broadcast networks that season.


National Ratings in Syndication – Week of June 15
Top 10 Households
1. “Family Feud” (Debmar-Mercury): 6.1 rating
2. “Jeopardy” (CBS Television Distribution – CTD): 5.8
3. “Judge Judy” (CTD) and “Wheel of Fortune” (CTD): 5.3 each
5. “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 3.1
6. “Inside Edition” (CTD): 2.5
7. “Entertainment Tonight” (CTD): 2.3
8. “Last Man Standing” (Disney-ABC): 2.2

9. “Hot Bench” (CTD): 2.0
10. “Live With Kelly and Ryan”: 1.9

2019-20 Live+Same Day Season Ratings – Click here

Live+3 Day Ratings – Week of June 8: Click here

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 6/15/20: Click here
Tuesday 6/16/20: Click here
Wednesday 6/17/20: Click here
Thursday 6/18/20: Click here

Source: Nielsen

Programming Insider by Marc Berman


Comedy “Nancy Wu Does It” in Development at Amazon Prime
Streamer Amazon Prime has won the bidding wars in a potential new comedy called “Nancy Wu Does It.” Described as “Pleasantville” meets “Nancy Drew,” the series follows a frustrated Asian American YA novelist (Jessica Henwick) who suddenly finds herself transported to one of her own books and must work with the titular character she created — and now hates — to solve an unfinished mystery.

“Nancy Wu Does It” comes from Amazon Studios in association with Vertigo Entertainment. Roy Lee and Miri Yoon from Vertigo will serve as executive producer Kai Yu Wu and Jessica Henwick are set to co-write the series and executive produce alongside Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Miri Yoon. The comedy is a co-production between Amazon Studios and Vertigo.

Discovery Announces “Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trip”
Discovery Channel has announced a new four-episode series called “Dirty Jobs: Road Trip” featuring a combination of clips highlighting Mike Rowe’s signature series “Dirty Jobs” as the crew travels together in a mini-RV and reminisce about all things dirty. It launches on Tuesday, July 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

Each episode of “Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trips” will follow a specific theme – Infrastructure, Innovator, Isolation and Animals and lead viewers on an epic road trip, culminating in a stop at a unique destination.


Netflix Greenlights Sixth — and Final — Season of “Lucifer”
Fantasy drama “Lucifer,” which found life after cancellation on Netflix, has been pickup by the streaming service for a sixth, and final, season. After airing on Fox for three years before being canceled, Netflix revived it for a fourth season in 2018 and announced season five would be the conclusion. But the streamer had a change of plans, and fans have been granted an additional “bonus” season.

From Warner Bros. Television in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and based on the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg from DC Entertainment, “Lucifer” follows Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who abandons Hell for Los Angeles where he runs his own nightclub and becomes a consultant to the LAPD. The series is executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Joe Henderson, Ildy Modrovich, Sheri Elwood and KristieAnne Reed.

The expectation for this final season of “Lucifer” is 8 new episodes.

Disney Channel Orders Season 3 of “Amphibia”
Disney Channel has greenlit a third season of animated comedy “Amphibia” before its second season opener on Saturday, July 11 at 8:20 p.m. ET on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. Brenda Song (“Dollface”) voices the lead role of independent and fearless teen Anne Boonchuy, who is magically transported to the fantastical world of Amphibia, a rural marshland full of frog-people.

Created and executive-produced by Matt Braly (“Gravity Falls”), the series is inspired by his heritage, family and childhood trips to Bangkok, Thailand. The new season will premiere as part of Disney Channel’s new Saturday night animation programming block this summer, which will also include new episodes of “Big City Greens” and “The Owl House.”


Peacock to Launch Nationally on July 15
Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, will be available on Google platforms and devices including Android, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices on Wednesday, July 15. At that time, Peacock will offer a free tier featuring more than 7,500 hours of movies, shows, and timely live and on-demand programming across news, sports, reality and late night.

Peacock Premium offers 15,000 hours of content, and Android and Android TV users will receive complimentary access to Peacock Premium until Oct. 15, 2020. Once a user’s promotion concludes, Peacock Premium will be available for $4.99 per month on Android and Android TV via Google Play in-app purchase. Viewers may also upgrade to an ad-free tier for an additional $5.00 per month.

Tomorrow Will Be Televised Podcast
How has the television medium fared in the first half of 2020? Hosted by Simon Applebaum, and featuring guests Marc Berman and Charlene Weiser. Click here


The fifth and final season of “Last Chance U” will be available for streaming on Tuesday, July 28. The logline: “LAst Chance U” brings viewers inside the hustle and grind of Laney College JUCO football where the Laney Eagles are embarking on a new season to defend their 2018 national championship. Under the leadership of the legendary Coach John Beam, the Laney players must overcome injuries, road blocks, and the pressure to prove themselves once again. This season set in the heart of Oakland, CA provides a rich backdrop, showing how the culture and community has shaped this program, team and their outlook on the game of football.