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CBS Eyes Reboot of “The Equalizer”; FX Renews “Mayans MC”

Programming Insider by Marc Berman


Dennis Franz as Norman Buntz lived on, albeit briefly, in the “Hill Street Blues” spin-off “Beverly Hills Buntz” on NBC, which debuted in 1987. The half-hour combination of comedy and drama also featured Peter Jusasik as Sid “the Snitch” Thurston. Thirteen episodes were filmed, but only nine were broadcast…

Celebrity Birthdays: Kardashian “Momager” Kris Jenner is 64; singer Bryan Adams is 60; Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”) is 59; Sal Vulcano of truTV’s “Impractical Jokers” is 43; guitarist Kevin Jonas is 32.

Did You Know?
Prior to “Hill Street Blues,” Dennis Franz was a regular on two short-lived NBC dramas: “Chicago Story” in 1982 and “Bay City Blues” from 1983-84. Prior to ABC’s “NYPD Blue, which began its 12-season run in 1993, he appeared on NBC’s “Nasty Boys” in 1990.

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CBS Eyes Reboot of “The Equalizer”
The latest rebooted drama on CBS could be a new version of crime solver “The Equalizer.” Written by “Take Two” creators Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller, who will serve as showrunners, “The Equalizer” stars Queen Latifah as an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. This is a new take on the character played by Edward Woodward on the original series and by Denzel Washington in the movie franchise.

The original “Equalizer,” which aired on CBS from 1985 to 1989, starred Woodward as Robert McCall, a retired intelligence agent with a mysterious past, who uses the skills from his former career to exact justice on behalf of innocent people who are trapped in dangerous circumstances. In 2014, “The Equalizer” was reimagined on the big screen with Denzel Washington in the title role. Washington was also featured in sequel “The Equalizer 2” in 2018.

The CW Buys Futuristic Comedy From Hannah Marks
The CW has put into development “The Untitled Hannah Marks Project,” written by Hannah Marks, which is described as a five-minutes-in-the-future comedic drama about four female friends navigating their 20s. The show explores love, friendship, identity and sexuality, all through a futuristic high-tech lens.

The proposed series comes from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour; “No Tomorrow” creator Corinne Brinkerhoff; and CBS Television Studios.

Discovery Channel Orders “Galpin Auto Sports”
Discovery Channel has greenlit  new auto series tentatively titled “Gilpin Auto Sports” for winter 2020 focusing on one shop has become legendary in the custom car space, blazing a trail of innovation and creating some of the most unique cars in the world. The logline: In 1952, Galpin Auto Sports revolutionized the automotive world by becoming the first dealership to ever design, build and sell a custom car transforming the business into the most storied customization shop in the entire game. Now, Beau Boeckmann, president and COO for Galpin Motors Inc., custom car builder Dave Shuten and customization specialist “Mad Mike” Martin, are revving up engines to save automotive history and rescue car culture from oblivion in the brand-new Discovery Channel series.

“Galpin Auto Sports” is produced by Pilgrim Media Group, a Lionsgate company.


FX Renews “Mayans MC” for Season 3
FX has greenlit “Sons of Anarchy” spin-off “Mayans M.C.” for a third season. Co-Creator and Executive Producer Elgin James will serve as showrunner for the series’ third season, which is scheduled to return to FX in the fall of 2020.

Created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, “Mayans M.C.” is the next chapter in the “Sons of Anarchy saga.” Set in a post-Jax Teller world, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo) is a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Once the golden boy with the American Dream in his grasp, EZ is trying to reconcile with his brother “Angel” (Clayton Cardenas) while searching for the truth behind their mother’s death. Meanwhile, their father “Felipe” (Edward James Olmos) is struggling to lead his sons down a righteous path.

The series also stars Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby, Carla Baratta, Antonio Jaramillo, Raoul Max Trujillo, Richard Cabral, Danny Pino and Emilio Rivera. “Mayans M.C.” is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.


2019 NFL Regular Season Week 10 TV and Announcer Schedule
The Panthers make their first trip to Wisconsin since 2014 as they face the Packers (Fox, Nov. 10 4:25 p.m. ET). Carolina has won two straight over Green Bay, but both wins came at home. Aaron Rodgers (GB) has averaged three passing touchdowns per game against Carolina in his career.

Two teams with Super Bowl aspirations square off in a nightcap as the Cowboys host the Vikings (NBC, Nov. 10 8:20 p.m. ET). Minnesota seeks its first victory over Dallas since 2010, but the Cowboys are 3-1 at home this season, with wins over the Giants, Dolphins and Eagles.

The battle for New York supremacy takes place in New Jersey as the Jets and Giants collide (Fox, Nov. 10 1:00 p.m. ET). The Giants aim to regain control of this same-stadium rivalry after the Jets ended a five-game winless streak against the G-Men with a 23-20 win in 2015.

The Monday Night Football matchup pits the undefeated 49ers against the Seahawks in a divisional clash (ESPN, Nov. 11 8:15 p.m. ET). Last season, San Francisco ended a 10-game winless streak that started in the 2013 NFC Championship game by defeating Seattle 26-23 at home in Week 15.

For the complete Week 10 NFL regular season schedule (including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers), click here

Carol Burnett Returns to “Mad About You” Reunion
Carol Burnett will reprise her role as Jamie’s (Helen Hunt) mother Theresa Stemple in the upcoming revival of sitcom “Mad About You” on streamer Sony Spectrum. “Mad About You,” which concluded in 1999, returns with the first six episodes on Nov. 20 and the final episodes air on Dec. 18.

“Mad About You” is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with Comedy Dynamics. Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser star and executive produce alongside executive producers Brian Volk-Weiss, Michael Pelmont, Matthew Ochacher and showrunner Peter Tolan. Danny Jacobson, who co-created the show with Reiser will serve as an executive consultant.

20 Years Later: I Still Feel The Need For “Greed” – Click here

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci and Scott Nolte
This week the pair discusses the animated/live hybrid ABC special “The Little Mermaid Live!” and two Apple TV+ series, “The Morning Show” and “Dickinson. To listen, click here


Season two of anthology drama “Tell Me a Story” will open on CBS All Access on Thursday, Dec. 5. Created by Kevin Williamson, “Tell Me A Story” takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. The second season features the tales of three legendary princesses: Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella—like you’ve never seen them before.

Eight-part investigative series “Expedition Bigfoot” will premiere on Travel Channel on Wednesday, December 4 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Old legend meets new modern-day technology as an elite team of skilled searchers are using an advanced data algorithm and groundbreaking science and tools to analyze five decades of Bigfoot sightings and to pinpoint when and where to encounter this elusive beast.  With these results and gadgetry at their disposal, they now know the time and place to search for evidence of Bigfoot.

“The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid” on ABC…Season premieres: “End of the F***ing World” and “She-Ra the Princess of Power” on Netflix; “Curse of Oak Island” on History; “The Profit” on CNBC; “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” on NGC…Season finales: “Greenloaf” on OWN; “Mayan’s M.C.” on FX…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, November 5 click here