Tuesday, December 10, 2019
ON THIS DAY
Here I come to save the day! “Mighty Mouse Playhouse,“ the first Saturday morning cartoon, debuted on CBS in 1955. It aired through 1967…In 1990, NBC presented the made-for TV movie “The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story,“ which featured John Ritter as the author of “The Wonderful World of Oz”…
Celebrity Birthdays: Director Kenneth Branagh (“Henry V”) is 59; actress Nia Peeples (“Fame”) is 58; Chef Bobby Flay is 55; actress Raven-Symone is 34.
Philip McKeon, the former child actor who played young Tommy Hyatt on the 1976-85 CBS sitcom “Alice,” died Tuesday in Texas after a long illness. The elder brother of “Facts of Life” actress Nancy McKeon was 55.
Did You Know?
“The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story” marked Jason Ritter’s first credited acting appearance. He first appeared in the opening credits of his father’s sitcom, “Three’s Company.” He was the little blonde haired boy running up to Joyce DeWitt in the petting zoo scene.
Live+3 Day Ratings: Week of Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving Night Episode of ‘Temptation Island’ is Top Telecast in Overall Percentage Lifts – Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Netflix Orders Cheerleading Docuseries “Cheer”
Netflix has greenlit “Cheer,” a six-episode docuseries about competitive college cheerleaders, from “Last Chance U” creator Greg Whitely and his One Potato Productions, Boardwalk Pictures and Caviar. Directed and executive produced by Whiteley, “Cheer” follows the competitive cheerleaders of Navarro College in Corsicana, TX. Led by Monica Aldama, the small junior college has won 14 National Championships since 2000.
The logline: “The stakes on the mat are high, but for these athletes, the only thing more brutal than their workouts and more exceptional than their performances are the stories of adversity and triumph behind the team members themselves. Over the course of six episodes, viewers will join the Navarro College cheerleaders as they face injuries, sacrifice, personal setbacks and triumphs, all leading up to one nail-biting and adrenaline pumping final competition at the National Championship.”
“Cheer” will be available to stream on Netflix on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.
Netflix Announces Competition Series “Next in Fashion”
Netflix has greenlit a competition series for 2020 called “Next in Fashion,” which launches on January 29, 2020 and will feature innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion. Hosted by fashion designer and TV personality Tan France (“Queer Eye”) and designer, model and global style icon Alexa Chung, “Next in Fashion” begins with 18 designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses.
These contestants will now compete head-to-head to see who has the skill, originality and determination to win the grand prize: $250,000 and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.
“Next in Fashion” is created and produced by theoldschool and is executive produced by Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton with co-executive producer Adam Cooper.
A+E Announces Docuseries “Eight Days”
A+E has ordered a new docuseries called “Eight Days” that will offer alternative ways to fight cancer. Director Charles Mattocks, Executive Producer Matthew Knowles, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Antonio Jimenez, of Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers, have teamed up to change the way we understand cancer that will give viewers an inside look at what healing from the disease is really like, as well as highlight new integrative cancer treatment options.
The five patients highlighted in the series include Kate Malvenan, diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. The 39-year old solo mother from Australia’s Gold Coast is determined to beat cancer for her 3-year-old daughter, Annabelle. At the time of her original diagnosis, Kate was given only six months to live, with cancer spreading throughout her spine, hips, ribs, shoulder, and liver. Refusing to give up, she arrives on the series ready to embrace change with the spirit of a warrior and the strength of a mother.
The other four are Carrie Crary (43), an active, health-conscious nurse who battles Breast Cancer for the second time; Jose Fernandez (66), a pastor diagnosed with Prostate Cancer; Nicole Randle (41)who works to overcome Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer; and; 57-year old Janine Jannicelli who is diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
“Eight Days” premieres on A+E on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
AMC Renews “Ride with Norman Reedus” for Season 5
AMC has renewed motorcycle travelogue series “Ride with Norman Reedus,” featuring “The Walking Dead” star and motorcycle enthusiast Norman Reedus as he hits the open road with a riding companion to explore different cultures and experience the best scenery, food, nature and local activities in the US and around the world. The pickup is for season five, which begins production on six episodes in early 2020, comes ahead of the show’s season four debut on Sunday, March 8 at 12 a.m. ET.
Season four, which consists of six episodes, features a “The Walking Dead” Dixon Brothers reunion with Reedus journeying through Alabama and Georgia with his former co-star, Michael Rooker. Reedus will also be riding through Kentucky, and expanding his international travels with rides in Japan, Costa Rica and Uruguay. Guest riders include Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us), Ryan Hurst (The Walking Dead), Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld), Dom Rocket, and Becky Goebel.
The series is produced by Left/Right (This American Life, The Circus, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction) and Big Bald Head with Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Anneka Jones and Reedus serving as executive producers and Lizzie Ashe as co-executive producer.
Golden Globe 2020 Nominations Revealed – Netflix Leads the Pack
Netflix led in total nominations, with its films “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman” nominated for six and five awards, respectively. In the television categories, the Netflix dramas “The Crown” and “Unbelievable” got four nominations each, as did HBO’s “Chernobyl.” Next for television, with three nominations each, is FX’s “Fosse/ Verdon,” Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” and Apple TV’s “The Morning Show.”
The annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association ceremony, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be telecast live on NBC on Sunday, January 5 at 8 p.m. ET. For the complete listing of nominees, click here
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Documentary “Hate Among Us” Sheds Light on the Rise of Anti-Semitism in the World– Click here
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HBO comedy “Avenue 5,“ created by Armando Iannucci of “Veep.” will debut on Sunday, January 19 at 10 p.m. ET. Set 40 years into the future, the series stars Hugh Laurie as Ryan Clark, the confident and suave captain of “Avenue 5,” a space cruise ship with luxury amenities like gourmet buffets, a spa, an observation deck and yoga classes. As the series begins, Avenue 5’s eight-week journey around Saturn is underway and its systems are optimal. But when the ship suddenly encounters technical difficulties, it’s up to Ryan and his crew to calm the disgruntled passengers and find a way to deal with unexpected events onboard – though they may or may not be equipped for the task.
New Nickelodeon series “It’s Pony” will launch on Saturday, January 18, 2020 (and internationally in April 2020). The series features the voice of Jessica DiCicco (“Adventure Time”) as Annie, an optimistic and determined farm girl living in the city with her family and best friend Pony; Josh Zuckerman (“Strange Angel”) as Pony, who is naïve and impulsive, but loves Annie more than anything; Abe Benrubi (“E.R.”) as Dad, who treats Pony as a nuisance, but recognizes the special bond he shares with Annie; and India de Beaufort (“All Hail King Julien”) as Mom, who loves Annie and Pony’s relationship and always has a new project in the works.
“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” will return on Netflix on Friday, January 24. Based on the Archie comics, the series is described as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft.
Also on Netflix, the four installment of drama “Money Heist” will open on Wednesday, April 3. The series features Álvaro Morte as El Professor, a mysterious criminal mastermind planning an epic heist. He recruits a group of eight thieves who take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain while El Professor manipulates the police to carry out his plan. Ursula Corbero, Itziar Ituno, Paco Tous and Alba Flores also star.
Series premieres: “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways” on NBC; “Behind Bars: Women Inside” on A+E…“The Moodys” concludes for the season (or series) on Fox…For the listing of available programs for Tuesday, December 10 click here
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