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Disney+, Starz and REELZ Announce New Series

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Long-running CBS serialized drama “Falcon Crest” premiered out of “Dallas” in 1981. It aired for nine seasons and finished in the top 10 from 1982 to 1985…

Celebrity Birthdays:

Max Baer, Jr. (Jethro on “The Beverly Hillbillies”) is 82;
Oscar nominated Jeff Bridges is 70;
Oscar winner Marisa Tomei is 55;
“SNL’s” Fred Armisen is 53;
Rapper Jay Z is 50;
Model and host Tyra Banks is 46.

Did You Know?
While there was talk of a “Falcon Crest” reboot a few years ago with David Selby and William R. Moses reprising their roles as Richard Channing and Cole Gioberti, respectively, it never surfaced.

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Starz Orders Drama “Becoming Elizabeth”
Starz has greenlit new drama “Becoming Elizabeth,” which will tell the story of the early life of one of England’s most iconic Queens. It centers on the young Elizabeth Tudor, an orphaned teenager who becomes embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court on her journey to secure the crown.

The executive producers of “Young Elizabeth” are Anya Reiss and The Forge’s George Ormond and George Faber. Karen Bailey, Starz’s senior vice president of original programming, is the executive in charge of the series. It joins Starz’s other royal dramas including “The Spanish Princess,” which was recently renewed for a second season.

Disney+ Orders Kristen Chenoweth Sitcom
Disney+ has ordered a new single-camera comedy called “The Biggest Star in Appleton,” which will feature Kristen Chenoweth as Carol Dannhauser, a Wisconsin mom, wife and waitress who, while devoted to her family, finds her deepest satisfaction in small town stardom at the local community theater. Her status is threatened when Tara Hubley, a struggling New York chorus girl, moves back home with dreams of her own.

The series comes from Chenoweth, playwright/screenwriter Paul Rudnick,  and producer Dan Jenks. The project is a reunion for Chenoweth and Jinks, who was an exec producer on ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” which Chenoweth won an Emmy in 2009. Jinks and Rudnick previously worked together on the TV Land pilot “I Shudder.”

Apple+ Announces a Documentary Film presented by Oprah Winfrey from Filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
Apple, executive producer Oprah Winfrey, and Impact Partners today announced the Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary film created by the celebrated Oscar-nominated filmmakers, set to premiere in 2020. Produced and co-directed by Dick and Ziering, the documentary follows a brilliant former music executive who grapples with whether to go public with her story of assault and abuse by a notable figure in the music industry. The film is a profound examination of race, gender, class and intersectionality, and the toll assaults take on their victims and society at large.

The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary feature is produced by Dick and Ziering’s Jane Doe Films (“The Hunting Ground,” “The Invisible War”), with Winfrey, Terry Wood (Harpo Productions), Dan Cogan (Impact Partners), Regina K. Scully (Artemis Rising), Ian Darling (Shark Island), Abigail Disney (Level Forward) serving as executive producers. The creative team includes producers Jamie Rogers and Amy Herdy. 

REELZ Orders “Friends Speak”
Following true crime documentary special “Casey Anthony: Her Friends Speak,”” REELZ has ordered new series “Friends Speak” from Kinetic Content and Pyramid Productions. The initial four episode order premieres with “Jodi Arias: The Friends Speak,” on December 8th at 8 pm ET. The logline: “Friends Speak” is a dramatic new factual series from the unique perspective of those who were friends with notorious criminals or their victims, featuring first-hand accounts of the days leading up to, and the days following, the crimes.

In “Casey Anthony: Her Friends Speak,” viewers witnessed for the first time a group of Casey’s closest friends meeting to review the circumstances of her daughter Caylee’s death – including a childhood friend of Anthony’s rumored to be Caylee’s father; a former roommate, who made an emotional visit to the site where Caylee’s body was found; the tattoo artist who inked Casey two weeks after her daughter went missing; and a friend who experienced first-hand the media circus days after the story of Caylee’s disappearance broke.


TBS Renews “The Misery Index” for Season Two
TBS has greenlit comedy game show for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2020. The logline: Inspired by the card game “Sh*t Happens,” “The Misery” Index is the only game show where contestants can make a fortune out of other people’s mis-fortune. Teams compete against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events based on the “misery index”, a ranking system created by a team of therapists.

Jameela Jamil will return as host along with stars of truTV’s “Impractical Jokers,” comedy troupe The Tenderloins – Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano – as panelists.


Documentary “Hate Among Us” Sheds Light on the Rise of Anti-Semitism in the World
In 2017, executive producers David McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and Sergey Sarkisov tackled a subject that to this day is not fully acknowledged, the Armenian Genocide (also known as the Armenian Holocaust), in the documentary “Architects of Denial.” Most historians call this event a genocide: a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people. An estimated 1.5 million Christian citizens, most of them Armenian, were impacted from approximately 1914 to 1923. Yet, the Turkish government still does not acknowledge the scope of these events.

“Architects of Denial” has been adapted into television special “Denial.”

In October of this year, McKenzie, alongside Cain, Williams and Sarkisov, launched the annual Impact Humanity Television and Film Festival (IHTFF) at the Moscow Cinema in Yerevan, Armenia, to raise awareness on the issues related to the global humanitarian crisis. The gathering showcases the key television shows, the feature films and the documentaries that educate, inform and help prevent acts of inhumanity around the world. The goal is to offer this festival in other places to raise awareness of human rights through storytelling.

Now, the quartet—McKenzie, Cain, Williams and Sarkisov—have executive produced the documentary “Hate Among Us,” which shines the spotlight on anti-Semitism at present worldwide. It opened last Friday, November 29 at two theaters: Cinema Village in New York City and Laemmle Town Center in Encino, California. For more, click here


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Documentary “Belchick & Saban: The Art of Coaching” will premiere on HBO on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: Spanning 75 minutes, the film brings into focus a more than three-decades-long friendship between Belichick and Saban, who for the first time ever grant unprecedented camera access to their annual coaching retreat where they share a multi-layered conversation about their interwoven history, admiration, coaching philosophies, and more. The intimate portrait invites viewers to examine first-hand their blueprints for organizational success in what can only be described as a literal “meeting of the minds.

New Bravo competition series “Spy Games” will launch on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at 10 p.m. ET. Inspired by the once-secret World War II government program known as “Station S,” in which civilians were assessed and trained to be spies, 10 individuals come together to compete and attempt to outplay one another in living out the ultimate spy fantasy. Model and martial artist Mia Kang hosts the competition, with real-life intelligence experts assessing the contestants’ performances to determine who has what it takes to outwit the game and succeed at one of the world’s most mysterious professions.

Series premieres: “The Moodys” on Fox; “Home For Christmas” and “V Wars” on Netflix; “Unexpected Killer” on Oxygen; “Court Cam” on A+E; “The Interrogator” on ID…Season premieres: “Tell Me a Story” on CBS All Access; “Growing Up Hip Hop” on WE; “Project Runway” on Bravo…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, December 5 click here