Wednesday, December 18, 2019
ON THIS DAY
The game show “To Tell the Truth” debuted on CBS in primetime as “Nothing But the Truth” in 1956 (but the name was changed one week later). Bud Collyer was the show’s host (and Mike Wallace hosted the pilot)…The clan called Brady reunited for the original TV film “A Very Brady Christmas” on CBS in 1988, which finished as the second most watched movie of the year and led to short-lived dramedy “The Bradys”…
The legendary Cicely Tyson (“The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman”) is 95;
guitarist Keith Richards is 76;
Steven Spielberg is 73; Brad Pitt is 56; wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin is 55;
actor Casper Van Dien is 51;
“Dawson’s Creek” star Katie Holmes is 41; singer Christina Aguilera is 39.
Did You Know?
After “The Bradys” was cancelled, two theatrical films were made later in the 1990s: “The Brady Bunch Movie” in 1995 and “A Very Brady Sequel” in 1996. Next was TV movie “The Brady Bunch in the White House” on Fox in 2002. All three featured a new cast filling the roles of the Bradys. And, this season, is “A Very Brady Renovation” on HGTV.
Live+7 Weekly Ratings: “Madam Secretary” Series Finale Ranks in Top Ten Among Raw Viewer Gains – Week of December 2: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Apple Orders LGBTQ Docuseries “Visible: Out on Television”
Apple has ordered a documentary series about the LGBTQ movement called “Visible: Out on Television” from filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave, and executive producers Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz. The five-part series investigates the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television.
Each hour-long episode will explore themes such as invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the LGBTQ character, and coming out in the television industry. Featurewill be interviews Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper, Billy Porter, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Sara Ramirez and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, among others.
“Visible: Out on Television” will debut in its entirety on February 14, exclusively on Apple TV+.
CBS Greenlights Crime Drama “Cold Shoulder”
CBS has ordered a crime drama from CBS Studios based on the novel by Lynda La Plante about a police officer who seeks help from a fellow detective after she is unable to prevent the death of her partner in the line of duty. La Pante and “CSI: New York” showrunner Pam Veasey will executive produce alongside Nina Tassler and Denise DiNovi through their PatMa production banner and Gail Berman, now chairman of Fox Entertainment-owned SideCar, through her previous company, The Jackal Group.
truTV Announces “Impractical Jokers” Movie Release Date
truTV has announced the theatrical release date for its first-ever feature-length film, “Impractical Jokers: The Movie,” directed by Chris Henchy (“Daddy’s Home”) and produced by Funny or Die. Opening in select theaters nationwide on Friday, February 21, 2020, the film stars James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano, also known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins.
The film will feature The Tenderloins playing themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early nineties. Featuring appearances from Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith and Joey Fatone, the movie combines the fictional narrative with real life footage of over-the-top punishments and callbacks to classic moments from the series. Once the “Impractical Jokers” hit the road, they compete in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and find redemption.
“Survivor” Installs New Oversight Guidelines in Wake of Inappropriate Touching Incidents
Nearly a week after the “Survivor: Island of the Idols” episode had that involved the unprecedented removal of castaway Dan Spilo by production from the game, CBS and the producers of the program released a statement addressing the concerns raised from the 39th season and how they will move forward. For a look, click here
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
11 Of the Best Holiday Episodes in TV History – Click here
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
This week, Douglas countdowns the worst shows in 2019. Click here
Play the Golden Globe Awards Pick’Em Game 2020
Getting Noticed in the Growing Streaming Landscape – Click here
Surviving OTT: Research Chiefs TVOT Opine Changing Landscape – Click here
Documentary “Hate Among Us” Sheds Light on the Rise of Anti-Semitism in the World– Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Documentary “The Faces of Family Separation” will be broadcast on CBSN on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 10 p.m. ET. Reported by Manuel Bojorquez and a team of journalists from all divisions of CBS News, the documentary provides an immersive look at the hotly debated issue through the eyes of those impacted the most – the fathers, mothers, sons and daughters separated and unaware when they’ll see their family members again.
“Homestead Rescue” will return for a new season on Discovery on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET. Traveling to some of the most dangerous and isolated areas of the country, expert craftsman and survivalist Marty Raney, his daughter Misty and son Matt, help families to save their homes and new-found way of life from total demise. Each equipped with a unique set of skills and contribution to quirky family dynamics, the Raneys not only teach homesteading hopefuls the tools they need to survive in the wilderness, but also the many different ways the families can create off-the-grid businesses by utilizing all that their properties have to offer.
Season two of “Narcos: Mexico” will be available for streaming on Netflix on Thursday, Feb, 13, 2020. Set in the mid-1980s, the series chronicles the missteps, ill-conceived agendas, and corruption on both sides of the border that have lead to a dangerous present in the failed war on drugs.
2019 NFL Regular Season Week 16 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
ABC offers special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons“…“Survivor” on CBS and “The Masked Singer” on Fox conclude their fall editions…“Property Brothers” opens a new season on HGTV…Season finale: “Mad About You” on Spectrum; “Real Housewives of Dallas” on Bravo; “Family Time” on Bounce TV; “The Great Food Truck Race” on Food”’…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, December 18 click here