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Amazon Prime, Showtime and HBO Max Announce New Series; NBC Cancels Sitcom “Sunnyside”

Programming Insider by Marc BermanThursday, October 17, 2019

Game show “The Hollywood Squares” debuted on NBC in 1966 in daytime with Ernest Borgnine in the center square. Peter Marshall was the host and the first week also featured Cliff Arquette (a.k.a. “Charlie Weaver”), Wally CoxMorey AmsterdamRose Marie and Abby Dalton…In 1999, HBO presented what it thought would be a one-time, one-hour special, “Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show was presented as a mocumentary that followed David’s preparation for an upcoming HBO comedy special…Docuseries “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” opened on E! in 2007…

Celebrity Birthdays:
Country singer Alan Jackson is 61

Rapper Eminem is 47

Did You Know?
Bert Parks was the host of “The Hollywood Squares” in the unaired pilot “Storybook Squares”… A children’s version of “The Hollywood Squares” aired on Saturday mornings on NBC from Jan. 4 to Aug. 30, 1969 and featured stars dressed as various fictional characters from television and fairy tales as well as historical figures from the past. It returned briefly in the 1976–77 season featuring entire families playing.

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Note: Nielsen has stopped reporting the household overnight ratings in the morning, and the national fast affiliate results are now our first source of data for each weekday. These are time period based, which means they are approximate because it includes anything airing in the time period (and not just the designated series if it is pre-empted). It features total viewers and the adult 18-49 rating and share (not to mention other demos). And the data arrives at approximately 11 a.m. ET. So, look for this second email alert by 11:30 a.m. ET each day or visit our website at programminginsider.com.

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Amazon Prime Video Announces “Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer”
Amazon Prime Video has announced the upcoming launch of “Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer” in 2020, a five-part Amazon Original docuseries chronicling infamous serial killer Ted Bundy’s relationship with his long-term girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall. The series reframes Bundy’s crimes from a female perspective – uncovering the disturbing and profound way in which Bundy’s pathological hatred of women collided with the culture wars and feminist movement of the 1970s, culminating in what is perhaps the most infamous true crime saga of our time.

After nearly 40 years of silence, Kendall and her daughter Molly share their experiences with new unsettling details about Bundy, the inconceivable pull he had on women, and an abundant archive of never-before-seen family photos. They are joined by a chorus of female voices, including survivors of Bundy’s attacks – some of whom are stepping forward for the first time – with chilling accounts that will forever change the Bundy narrative and provoke a discussion around gender politics that hauntingly resonates today.

“Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer” is a production of Amazon Studios and Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Studios company. Producer/Director Trish Wood was a journalist for the CBC where she spent a decade reporting and producing investigative documentaries for the network’s award-winning current affairs program “The Fifth Estate.”

Showtime to Develop Limited Series “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber”
Showtime has announced the development of a new untitled limited series based on the bestselling book “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber,” written by Mike Isaac. The series will depict the roller-coaster ride of the upstart transportation company, embodying the highs and lows of Silicon Valley. Even amid the radical upheaval generated within the global tech capital, Uber stands out as both a marvel and a cautionary tale, featuring internal and external battles that ripple with unpredictable consequences

Brian Koppelman and David Levien (“Billions”) will executive produce and write the series. Isaac will co-executive produce the project. The limited series will be produced by Showtime.

HBO Max Order Docuseries “Equal”
HBO Max will pay tribute to the epic origin stories of the LGBTQ+ movement with “Equal,” which  captures the true backstories of the leaders and unsung heroes, pre-Stonewall, who changed the course of American history through their tireless activism. These warriors gave voice, often in a life or death battle, to millions of people yearning for equality and the desire to be themselves.

The logline: Each hour-long episode in the series plays like a thriller, bringing to life the high stakes and hard deadlines of historical events that have not yet been given their due. “Equal” honors the rebels of yesteryear through high-end re-enactments, never-before-seen footage, and captures the emotions of the times with messages just as relevant today.

Over the course of the series, viewers will meet a wide range of LGBTQ+ pioneers, including: Harry Hay, a gay rights activist and the founder of the modern gay movement; The Daughters of Bilitis, a lesbian civil and political rights organization; Christine Jorgensen, transgender woman who flew to Europe in 1951 to undergo sex reassignment surgery and publicly transitioned; and gay rights and African American rights leader Bayard Rustin. Part four chronicles The Stonewall Riots from start to finish as well as the first Pride, the year after Stonewall.


NBC Cancels Sitcom “Sunnyside”
NBC has canceled struggling “Sunnyside” and will pull the sitcom off the Thursday rotation following tonight’s fourth telecast. The remainder of the 11 episodes will air online. Stepping into the Thursday 9:30 p.m. ET half-hour out of “The Good Doctor” next week will be the third — and final– season of the revival of “Will & Grace.”

“Sunnyside” is currently in production on its ninth episode and will still shoot the final two installments.

Created by Kal Penn and Matt Murray, “Sunnyside” stars Penn as Garrett Modi, a disgraced New York City councilman who attempts to get back on his feet when a motley crew of immigrants reach out to him to help them become American citizens. The cast includes Joel Kim Booster, Diana-Maria Riva, Kiran Deol, Poppy Liu, Moses Storm and Samba Schutte.

CBS All Access Renews “Why Women Kill” for Season 2
Streamer CBS All Access has greenlit a second season of drama “For All Mankind” before its official premiere this Thursday. From Marc Cherry (“Desperate Housewives,” “Devious Maids”), “Why Women Kill” examines how the roles of women have changed over the decades, but how their reaction to betrayal… has not.

The first season of “Why Women Kill” details the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the 1960s, a socialite in the 1980s and a lawyer in 2019, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. Season two will follow a new set of characters dealing with acts of betrayal.

Season one of “Why Women Kill” stars Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. The cast includes Jack Davenport, Sam Jaeger, Reid Scott, Alexandra Daddario, Sadie Calvano, Leo Howard, Alicia Coppola and Katie Finneran. The series is produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. Creator Marc Cherry serves as executive producer alongside Imagine’s Brian Grazer; Francie Calfo; Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis; and Marc Webb.

Disney Channel Picks Up a Fourth Season of “Raven’s Home”
Sitcom “Raven’s Home,” the revival of “That’s So Raven,” has been greenlit for a fourth season by Disney Channel. In the series, Raven Symoné plays Raven Baxter, now a divorced mother of teenage twins. Her son Booker has inherited his mother’s gift of being able to see glimpses of the future.

Alison Taylor is joining the fourth season as an executive producer alongside series lead Raven-Symoné and showrunner Warren Hutcherson. Production on the new season will begin later this year.


Christmas in October Signals Another Early Start For The Annual Celebration
Do the math, and we still have over two months to go until the annual Christmas celebration. So, when you walk into a crafts retailer like Michaels or tune to one of those inspirational networks to escape the realities of today, the last thing you expect, in October, is a Christmas celebration. Right?

Guess again.

Naturally, my recent visit to Michaels took me to the Halloween merchandise, where there is a wide collection of creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, and all together spooky goods. Are you humming the theme song from classic TV sitcom “The Addams Family” yet? But, next to the Halloween aisles is Thanksgiving. And then you have Christmas, with trees of all sizes already sparkling amongst all the holiday items Michaels is hoping to unload.

What is coming up next? Valentine’s Day in November? Easter in December? For more, click here

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte
This week, Douglas and Scott discuss Netflix’s “The Politician,” “Breaking Bad” movie continuation “El Camino,” competition series “Rhythm + Flow;” “Living With Yourself,” documentary “Tell Me Who I Am” and movie “The Laundromat.” To listen, click here

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“UpDating” Is Putting Real People on Blind Dates in Front of Live Audiences by Kaylee Kibb

A one-night stand, according to a childhood misconception Sloane Crosley describes in “I Was Told There’d Be Cake,” occurs when two people stand on a bed holding full Martini glasses and try not to spill them for the entirety of the evening.

I think about this as I walk blindfolded toward a stage in the packed basement of a Manhattan hotel, remembering a childhood misunderstanding of my own involving the concept of blind dates. Such romantic encounters, as I pictured them, involved two people — one of whom always wore a black cocktail dress — joining each other for a candlelit dinner while, for reasons I never bothered to investigate, both wearing blindfolds.

As I wade blindly through the crowded Midtown venue where an audience has gathered to watch me go on a date with an actual blindfold strapped across my eyes, I think about the one-night bed-standers of Crosley’s childhood imagination and the blindfolded daters of my own. For more, click here


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PBS will premiere four-part series “Life From Above” on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. ET. Made in conjunction with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, the series tells the unique, intimate and astounding stories of our planet from a perspective that few ever see – from space. More specifically, “Life From Above” captures the planet’s unique movements, beautiful colors, exotic patterns and forces that continue to shape and change the Earth. It is also accompanied by a companion hardcover book.

“A Very Brady Holiday Edition” will premiere on HGTV on Monday, December 16 at 10 p.m. ET. During the episode, the Brady siblings Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) will help Food Network’s Ree Drummond prep the feast in the famous orange-and-green kitchen. Jasmine will work with them to complete several DIY holiday projects, including transforming shutters into life-size toy soldier lawn decorations. After décor is in place and the tree is trimmed, everyone will sit down for a celebratory holiday meal.

The Miss America Organization will return to NBC when “The 2020 Miss America Competition” broadcasts live Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Miss America 2.0 introduced changes in 2019 after it announced that candidates will no longer be judged on physical appearance. The organization has ushered in a new era of progressiveness and inclusiveness, led by an all-female leadership team. The show will continue to highlight a diverse group of young students and professionals who are advancing the message of female strength, independence and empowerment through their efforts in the areas of scholarship, talent and social impact.

Series premieres: “Booktube” on YouTube; “Going From Broke” on Crackle; “Home Sweet Homicide” on ID; “Live PD: Wanted” on A+E…Season finales: “Why Women Kill” on CBS All Access; “Chasing the Cure” on TBS; “Real Money” on AXS TV…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, October 16 click here