Friday, August 7, 2020
On This Day:
“The Krypton Factor“, the game show based on a British format that tested contestants’ mental and physical abilities, premiered on ABC in 1981. It was hosted by Dick Clark and ran for just five weeks…Documentary miniseries “Watergate,“ based on the book “Watergate: The Corruption and Fall of Richard Nixon” by the former correspondent for the Washington Times, Fred Emery, premiered on Discovery in 1994. The five-part series, a co-production with BBC America, was the first film to offer a comprehensive look at one of Washington’s biggest scandals.
“Who’s That Girl” starring Madonna and Griffin Dunne premiered in 1987. The title song, performed by Madonna, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…“Crazy Rich Asians,” the first Hollywood film with all-Asian cast, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh premiered in Los Angeles in 2018.
Barbra Streisand recorded “Broadway Album” in 1985…Garth Brooks recorded a free concert in NYC’s Central Park for HBO, later releasing it as “Garth: Live from Central Park” in 1997…Kesha released her “Tik Tok” single in 2009, which was named the Billboard Song of the Year in 2010… Reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” by The Bee Gees in 1971; “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee in 1976; “Slow Motion” by Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim in 2004.
Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez, Early Wynn, Josh Gibson, Will Harridge, Buck Leonard and Ross Youngs were inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972…The Orlando Magic signed NBA No. 1 draft pick Shaquille O’Neal in 1992…Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, John Randle, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Floyd Little and Dick LeBeau were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010…American swimmer Katie Ledecky set a new world record with a time of 3:56.46 to win the gold medal in the women’s 400m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
Author and radio host Garrison Keillor (“A Prairie Home Companion”) is 78; singer B.J. Thomas is 78; former FBI director Robert Mueller is 76; actor John Glover (“Smallville”) is 76; actor David Rasche (“Sledge Hammer!”) is 76; “Seinfeld” star Wayne Knight (Newman) is 65; Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson is 62; “The X-Files” star David Duchovny is 60; actor Harold Perrineau (“Lost”) is 57; actor Michael Shannon (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 46; Oscar winner Charlize Theron is 45; All-Star hockey player Sidney Crosby is 33.
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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Amazon Greenlights “A League of Their Own” Reboot
Amazon has announced a new hour-long reboot of the 1992 sports comedy-drama Penny Marshall film “A League Of Their Own” from Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”), which is described as a reinterpretation of the original 28-year-old feature film about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Amazon take, which stars Jacobson, will have the spirit of Marshall’s beloved movie while expanding its lends to explore race and sexuality as the series follows a new ensemble of women carving out their own paths in the league and outside of it.
Jacobson, Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez, and Priscilla Delgado star in the series, which features recurring guest stars Molly Ephraim, Kate Berlant and Melanie Field. Jamie Babbit directed the pilot. Sources say that some surviving members of the AAGPBL served as consultants on the pilot and are expected to continue on with the series.
Historically, this will be the second remake of the classic film. The first, also titled “A League of Their Own” and also featuring cast members from the movie, aired for five episodes on CBS in 1993.
Amazon Orders Non-Scripted “The Pack”
Amazon Studios has greenlit “The Pack,” a new global unscripted series that celebrates the unrivaled bond between dogs and their human companions. Hosted by Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn and her canine co-host Lucy, the series features twelve teams of dogs and their humans on an epic adventure across multiple continents.
To win the $500,000 prize for themselves and their charity, the teams will have to depend on their understanding of one another’s strengths and weaknesses and prove to have the strongest bond in the pack. In each locale, the human and dog duos will face fun and exciting challenges, designed in concert with a team of accredited veterinarians and certified dog experts that also accompany the group on their exciting journey, making sure it is a positive experience for everyone. The Pack is produced by Amazon Studios and Renegade 83, an Entertainment One company. Jay Bienstock with Jay Renfroe and David Garfinkle of Renegade 83 serve as Executive Producers.
Filmed earlier this year, “The Pack” will premiere later in 2020 on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.
Hulu Cancels “High Fidelity”
Hulu has opted against a second season of drama “High Fidelity,” as a gender-swapped adaptation of the 2000 movie starring John Cusack and the 1995 book. Zoë Kravitz starred as Rob, a quirky Brooklyn record store owner who obsessed over her failed romantic relationships as much as she obsessed over music. David H. Holmes and Da’Vine Joy Randolph co-starred as Rob’s coworkers Simon and Cherise, while Kingsley Ben-Adir played Rob’s most recent ex Mac and Lacy played new love interest Clyde.
Ten episodes of “High Fidelity” were produced, with the now series finale on February 14.
Shudder Orders Second Season of Docuseries “Cursed Films”
Shudder has announced the season two pickup of hit docuseries “Cursed Films,” written, directed and executive produced by Jay Cheel (“How to Build a Time Machine”). “Cursed Films” explores the facts and legends around iconic films and franchises whose casts and crews have been struck by misfortune and tragedy. The first season examined “The Omen,” “Poltergeist,” “The Exorcist, ” “The Crow” and “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”
Season two of “Cursed Films,” now in production and set to premiere in 2021, will turn its focus to a new group of “cursed” films whose titles will be revealed at a later date.
“Cursed Films” features conversations cast and crew who were there to witness these tragedies firsthand—and bear the weight of them to this day—along with writers, scholars and experts.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
Sony Pictures Television to Reboot Sitcom “Who’s The Boss?”
Successful television shows never really “end.” They eventually come back as a reboot, either with or without the original cast. The latest is sitcom “Who’s The Boss?,” which was a staple on ABC from 1984 to 1992 and featured Tony Danza as a single father named Tony Miceli with a young daughter (Alyssa Milano as Samantha), who transitions from being a professional baseball player to a live-in housekeeper in Connecticut for advertising executive Angela Bower, played by Judith Light.
Danza and Milano have confirmed the pending project, which does not have an official outlet yet. For more, click here
Amazon Studios Announces First Look Deal With Grammy Award-Winning Lizzo
Amazon Studios has signed a new first look deal with Grammy Award-winning artist Lizzo, who will work with Amazon Studios to create television projects that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. Three-time Grammy Award-winning superstar Lizzo has become a household name with over 4 billion global streams and a platinum-selling debut album to date.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
HBO documentary “Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth,” charting the rise and fall of prominent New York sports radio personality Craig Carton, will premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET. Through a series of candid and intimate first-person interviews with Carton, the film reveals how the radio host’s secret insatiable gambling addiction, financed by an illicit ticket-broking business, brought his career to a sudden halt when he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud on September 6, 2017.
HBO limited series “The Undoing” will debut on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. ET. From David. E. Kelley and Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”), the show follows Grace (Nicole Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant), who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight, a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: Docuseries “Being Ruben” on The CW; “High Seas,” “Tiny Creatures,” “Wizards: Tales of Arcadia” and “World Party Songs” on Netflix; “Pan y Circo” on Amazon…Season premieres: “Nailed It! Mexico,“ “The New Legends of Monkey” and “Selling Sunset” on Netflix…“Jessy & Nessy” conclude for the season on Amazon…For the complete schedule for Friday, August 7, click here