ON THIS DAY – Monday, January 6, 2020
Four series premiered: “Wild Kingdom” (also known as “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”) on NBC in 1963; “A.M. America” on ABC in 1975; game show “Wheel of Fortune,” originally hosted by Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford, on NBC also in 1975; and Fox reality/competition “Joe Millionaire” in 2003. Prior to “Good Morning America,” “A.M. America” was a morning news program produced by ABC in an attempt to compete with “Today” on NBC and the “CBS Morning News” and “Captain Kangaroo” on CBS. It lasted just under 10 months…
Celebrity Birthdays: “Big Brother” host Julie Chen Moonves is 50; Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) is 38; “Saturday Night Live’s” Kate McKinnon is 36.
Did You Know?
“Wild Kingdom” was originally produced from 1963 until 1988, and was revived in 2002. The show’s second incarnation aired until 2011 on Animal Planet. A third incarnation streams webisodes on a dedicated YouTube channel…“Wheel of Fortune” aired on NBC in daytime for 14 years (though June 30, 1989). After some changes were made to its format, the daytime series moved to CBS from July 17, 1989 to January 11, 1991. It then returned to NBC from January 14, 1991, until it was cancelled on September 20, 1991. The current syndication version, hosted by Pat Sajak, launched on September 19, 1983.
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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
“Killing Eve” Snags Early 4th Season Renewal
BBC America’s acclaimed thriller “Killing Eve,” starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, has earned a fourth season renewal prior to its third season premiere. Debuting on April 8, 2018 and based on the Villanelle novel series by Luke Jennings, the series follows Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). As the chase progresses, the two develop a mutual obsession.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) was head writer of season one, while Emerald Fennell took over for season two. Suzanne Heathcote will serve as showrunner for season three, which will launch on an undisclosed date this spring.
Golden Globe Awards 2020 – And the Winners Were…
“All My Children” Turns 50
Today marks 50 years to the day that ABC daytime drama “All My Children” premiered. Created by Agnes Nixon, the long-running soap, which aired on broadcast television for 41 years (through September 23, 2011) was set in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, a fictional suburb of Philadelphia. It began as a weekday half-hour on January 5, 1970 and officially expanded to one-hour on April 25, 1977.
Initially, Agnes Nixon offered her idea for “All My Children” to Procter & Gamble in the mid-1960s, but they passed. After her success with “One Life to Live,” beginning in 1968, ABC asked for another series and Nixon offered “All My Children.”
At its inception, the center of “All My Children” was Ruth Warrick as Phoebe Tyler, the self-professed “Queen of Pine Valley.” Then there was the Martin family, led by patriarch Joe (Ray MacDonnell), that was the stable element. But it was Susan Lucci as young Erica Kane, the spoiled daughter of divorced Mona Kane (Frances Heflin), who was the immediate attraction.
Play the 25th Annual Critics Choice Awards Pick’Em Game
With the “25th Critics Choice Awards taking place Sunday, January 12, 2020 on The CW, here is your chance to predict who will win via the Programming Insider Critics Choice Awards Pick’Em Game! The participant(s) earning the most Pick’Em points will get a mention in the Programming Insider newsletter. To participate, click here
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The Best TV Shows of the 2010-2019 Decade
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci and Northern Iowa’s Y100.1 FM with deejay Scott Nolte discuss the best TV offered in the 2010 decade. To listen, click here
A “Marvelous” Third Season Conclusion for “Mrs. Maisel” – Click here
2019-20 NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round TV and Announcer Schedule
Upcoming drama thriller “Hunters,“ starring Al Pacino, will premiere globally on Friday, February 21, 2020. The series follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The logline: The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans. The series also stars Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Josh Radnor, Kate Mulvany, Tiffany Boone, Greg Austin, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Dylan Baker and Lena Olin.
Season premieres: “The Bachelor” on ABC; “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” on NBC; “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” on TLC; “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n Out”...For the listing of available programs for Monday, January 6 click here