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Drama “God’s Country” Inspired by Blake Shelton Song in the Works at NBC; “Supergirl” to Conclude on The CW

Robert Young began his second long-running TV series on ABC’s “Marcus Welby, M.D.” in 1969. It ran for seven seasons…Other series debuting on this day: “Circus Boy” (NBC, 1956), which featured 11-year old Mickey Braddock (who eventually changed his name to Micky Dolenz); “The Jetsons” (ABC, 1962); “Archie Bunker’s Place” (CBS, 1979), “Trapper John, M.D.” (CBS, 1979), “Matlock” (NBC, 1986), “Hooperman” (ABC, 1987), “Mad About You” (NBC, 1992); “JAG” (NBC, 1995), “CSI: Miami” (CBS, 2002); “NCIS” on CBS, the “JAG” spinoff which was launched in 2003 as “Navy NCIS; and ABC sitcom “Modern Family” in 2009, which aired for 12 seasons…”All My Children” on ABC ended its 41-season run in 2011.  It was briefly revived as a web series by production company Prospect Park on April 29, 2013.
“Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor, was released in 1927. It won three Oscars, including Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Picture…”Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford opened in theaters in 1969…”Gorillas in the Mist” starring Sigourney Weaver as naturalist Dian Fossey opened in theaters in 1988…“The Shawshank Redemption” starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman opened in 1994.
“That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly and the Crickets reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1957… Mac Davis‘ “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” hit No. 1 in the U.S. in 1972…In 1980, legendary reggae singer Bob Marley performed his final concert at the Stanley Theater (currently known as the Benedum Center) in Pittsburgh, PA….Shawn Mendes released his album “Illuminate” in 2016.

Nearly 70 million Americans tuned in to the first televised Presidential debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter in 1976.

In what was labeled as the “Upset of the Decade,” Gene Tunney defeated defending champion Jack Dempsey by a 10-round unanimous decision at Sesquicentennial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa. to win the world heavyweight boxing title in 1926…In 1988, Jose Canseco became the first player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish both hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases within a single season.

Celebrity Birthdays
Singer Julio Iglesias is 77; former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer is 77; actor Paul Petersen (“The Donna Reed Show”) is 75; actress Mary Kay Place (“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”) is 73; Rock legend Bruce Springsteen is 71; actress Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) is 63; former NFL head coach Marvin Lewis is 62; 1987 Masters champion golfer Larry Mize is 62; “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander is 61; actor Chi McBride (“Hawaii Five-0”) is 59; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is 58; actress LisaRaye McCoy-Misick aka LisaRaye (“All of Us”) is 54; singer Ani DiFranco is 50; rapper-record producer Jermaine Dupri is 48; AEW wrestler Matt Hardy is 46; actor Kip Pardue  (“Rememberer the Titans”) is 45; actor Anthony Mackie (“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”) is 42; actor Brandon Victor Dixon (“Hamilton”) is 39; actor David Lim (“S.W.A.T.) is 37; Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Kemp is 36; actress Cush Jumbo (“The Good Fight”) is 35; comedian-former “The Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj is 35; actor Skylar Astin (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) is 33; 2009 U.S. Open tennis champion Juan Martin del Potro is 32.

Did You Know?
“Marcus Welby, M.D.” was the first ABC series historically to finish a season ranked first overall.  In 1970-71 it topped the charts with a 29.6 household rating.  Rounding off the Top 5 that season was NBC’s “The Flip Wilson Show” (27.9 rating), CBS’ “Here’s Lucy” (26.1), NBC’s “Ironside” (25.7) and “Gunsmoke” on CBS (25.5, which at the time was in season 16).

Programming Insider by Marc Berman


Apple TV+ Announces Comedy “High Desert”
Apple today announced a series order for “High Desert,” a new, comedic half-hour series to be produced by Apple Studios that will star Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood,” “Escape at Dannemora,” “The Act”), who will also executive produce. The project reunites Arquette with DGA Award-winner Ben Stiller (“Escape at Dannemora”), who will direct the first episode and executive produce through Red Hour Films alongside Nicky Weinstock.  Molly Madden and Tom Lassally executive produce on behalf of 3 Arts Entertainment. The logline: “High Desert” follows Peggy (Arquette), a former addict, who decides to make a new start after the death of her beloved mother with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, California, and makes a life-changing decision to become a private investigator.

“High Desert” is created and written by Nancy Fichman (“Nurse Jackie,” “Damages”), Katie Ford (“Miss Congeniality” films) and Jennifer Hoppe (“Grace and Frankie,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Damages”), who will also serve as executive producers.

“High Desert” marks Apple’s second partnership with Patricia Arquette and Ben Stiller following the series order for “Severance,” an upcoming workplace thriller starring and executive produced by Arquette and Adam Scott, and directed and executive produced by Stiller.

Drama “God’s Country” Inspired by Blake Shelton Song in the Works at NBC
“The Voice’s” Blake Shelton is teaming with “The Fast and the Furious” writer Gary Scott Thompson for a potential drama at NBC based on his song “God’s Country.” The Universal TV project has a script commitment at the network. The proposed series, also called “God’s Country,” centers on a hardworking Midwestern farm family. When its patriarch dies, his grown children discover he was keeping a devastating secret they could never have imagined.

Thompson, who created the drama “Las Vegas” for NBC, is executive producing with Shelton, Narvel Blackstock and Laurie Pozmantier.

The song, which focuses on faith and Shelton’s ties to his home state of Oklahoma, reached No. 1 on the Billboard country charts after its 2019 release and has gone triple platinum. Written by Devin Dawson, Hardy, and Jordan Schmidt, “God’s Country” won single of the year at last week’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

HGTV Orders “Ty Breaker”
HGTV has greenit “Ty Breaker” with carpenter, craftsman and designer Ty Pennington. The eight-episode series will follow Pennington as he helps desperate families decide whether to overhaul their current property or renovate a new one to better meet their needs. The logline: In each episode, Alison Victoria (“Windy City Rehab”), Grace Mitchell (“One of a Kind”) or Sabrina Soto (“The High Low Project”) will entice the family to choose an alternative home that can be renovated to fulfill their wish list, while Ty does all he can to persuade the family to stay.  In the end, will it be Ty or his HGTV co-star who holds sway?

“Ty Breaker” is slated to premiere on HGTV in early 2021.


“Supergirl” to Conclude on The CW After 6 Seasons
The CW has announced that the upcoming season of action/adventure “Supergirl,” starring Melissa Benoist, will be concluding after the upcoming sixth season. The now final season, which is slated to return to production later this month in Vancouver, will consist of 20 episodes and premiere in 2021.

“To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement,” Benoist wrote on Instagram. “Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless. She’s had that impact on me, too. She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful. I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.”

“Supergirl,” which originally aired on CBS and moved to the more compatible CW in season two, is the second spinoff to originate from DC Comics drama “Arrow,” following “The Flash.”


“Schitt’s Creek” to Launch in National Syndication on Sept. 28
Following its historical 7 for 7 Emmy winning sweep on Sunday, Canadian sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” will launch into national syndication across the country starting on Monday, Sept. 28. Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury owns the domestic broadcast rights to the series, which produced 80 half-hour episodes in total.

Debmar-Mercury announced last fall, but the timing of the syndicated launch could not be more fitting given the Emmy dominance. The CBC-commissioned sitcom, which first premiered on Pop TV in January 2015 and wrapped its sixth and final season in April, is also is available on Netflix. The streamer is launching the fifth season on October 7.


Netflix’s “Somebody Feed Phil” with host Phil Rosenthal will return with Season 4 on Friday, October 30th. In the series, the “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator combines his love of food and travel with his brand of humor.

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Fox debuts singing competition “I Can See Your Voice” out of “The Masked Singer”….“America’s Got Talent” concludes for the season on NBC…For the complete schedule for Wednesday, September 23, click here