Wednesday, November 6, 2019
ON THIS DAY
Phil Donahue began his record long daytime talker “Donahue” in Dayton, Ohio in 1967. It entered national syndication in January 1970 and was a staple in daytime through September 13, 1996… Drama “24” with Kiefer Sutherland began on Fox in 2001. It concluded on May 24, 2010 and was revived in the summer of 2014 for a ninth season. It was also rebooted as “24” Legacy” with Corey Hawkins and aired for 12 episodes in 2017…
Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field (“Places in the Heart,” “Norma Ray”) is 73;
actor Ethan Hawke (“Before Sunrise”) is 49;
actress Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) is 47;
basketball player and “Dancing With the Stars”
contestant Lamar Odom is 40;
Oscar winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) is 31.
-Did You Know?
In 1984, “Donahue” introduced many viewers to hip-hop culture, in a telecast featuring break dancing for the first time on national television (accompanied by a performance from the hip hop group UTFO).
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
HBO Orders Unscripted Drag Queen Show “We’re Here”
HBO has greenlit “We’re Here,” a six-episode unscripted program set to debut in spring 2020. It follows three drag queens as they recruit small-town residents across America to participate in a one-night-only drag show. Featured will be “RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3” finalist Shangela, season 8 winner Bob, and season 10 runner-up Eureka, who will “inspire and teach their own ‘drag daughters’ to step outside their comfort zone” to transform into full-on drag for the event.
In addition to appearing in the show, Shangela, Bob, and Eureka will serve as consulting producers alongside executive producers Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram, director and executive producer Peter LoGreco, and executive producers Eli Holzman & Aaron Saidman.
“We’re Here” will be available on HBO NOW, HBO Go, and HBO at the top of 2020.
Viceland Announces “The Impeachment Show”
International television network Viceland has announced the launch of “The Impeachment Show,”a new weekly, hour-long series featuring the broadcast journalism from VICE News. The logline: hosted by VICE News correspondent Michael Moynihan, the show will explore the impeachment moment with wit, verve and genuine curiosity, combining documentary-style field pieces, news-making interviews, humor, and panel discussions with rotating special guests to create an hour unlike anything else on TV.
The first episode will feature an extensive sit-down interview with actress and activist Jane Fonda about her ‘Fire Drill Fridays’ protesting inaction on climate change and calling for fast-action to avert a catastrophe, and how climate is impacting the political conversation.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
ABC to Recreate Classic Episodes of “All in the Family” and “Good Times”
ABC has announced that its second “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special will recreate episodes of Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” and “Good Times.” The holiday-inspired live event produced by Sony Pictures Television, will reunite executive producers Norman Lear, Jimmy Kimmel, Brent Miller, Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux. Kerry Washington, who portrayed Helen Willis of “The Jeffersons” in the original special in the spring, will join as an executive producer.
“Live in Front of a Studio Audience” airs on Wednesday, December 18.
NBC Expands “Superstore” Episode Order
NBC has ordered two additional episodes of Thursday night comedy “Superstore,” bringing this current fifth season order to 22. Through season end that will take “Superstore” to 100 episodes.
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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
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
HGTV special “Outrageous Holiday Houses,“ hosted by Lance Bass, will premiere on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28 at 11 p.m. ET. Lance, a founding member of *NSYNC, will take viewers on a whirlwind coast-to-coast tour of North America’s most spectacular holiday displays. During the hour, Lance spotlights such festive towns as Santa Claus, Indiana, and North Pole, Alaska.
NBC will air three-night holiday event, “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways,” from Tuesday, Dec. 10 through Thursday, Dec. 12. The logline: Deserving people will receive life-changing surprise holiday gifts from Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr., Melissa McCarthy, Michael B. Jordan, Jason Momoa, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Teigen, Steph & Ayesha Curry and more.
Comedian, “The Daily Show” correspondent, and “Crazy Rich Asians” actor Ronny Chieng will make his Netflix comedy special debut in “Asian Comedian Destroys America!,“ which streams on Tuesday, December 17. The logline: From evaluating the effects of consumerism to theorizing how efficient the U.S. would be with an Asian-American President, Chieng shares what he thinks really makes America great.
Upcoming Discovery series “Street Outlaws: Fastest in America” will debut on Monday, January 20 at 8 p.m. ET. Eight of the fastest teams in America fight for compete a winner-takes-all purse of $100,000 – the highest payout in street racing history.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: Japanese drama “Scams” on Netflix and “Back in the Game” on CNBC…“Real Housewives of New Jersey” returns on Bravo…“Dog’s Most Wanted” concludes for the season on WGN…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, November 6 click here