Monday, December 9, 2019
ON THIS DAY
Emmy and Peabody Award winning animated holiday special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” debuted on CBS in 1965…CBS premiered the first part of two night miniseries “Alice in Wonderland” in 1985. It featured nine-year old Natalie Gregory and a cast that included Sherman Hemsley, Donald O’Connor, Shelley Winters, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Donna Mills…
Legendary actor Kirk Douglas is 103
Oscar winner Judi Dench is 85
Actor John Malkovich is 66; Donny Osmond is 62
“Shark Tank’s” Lori Greiner is 50; Former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi is 49; actor Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Dallas”) is 41; “The Big Bang Theory’s” Simon Helberg is 39.
Did You Know?
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is the second longest-running TV Christmas special historically behind “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” which premiered in 1964. At the time of its debut, creator Charles Schulz would not allow CBS executives to insert a laugh-track in the hour.
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
HBO Orders Drama “The Untitled Lakers Project”
HBO has greenlit a drama series tentatively referred to as “The Untitled Lakers Projects,” which chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, a team that defined its era, both on and off the court, it was announced today by Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming. The series is based on Jeff Pearlman’s book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s”
“Alongside Adam McKay and Max Borenstein, HBO couldn’t be more thrilled to examine one of professional sports’ most beloved empires,” said Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming. “Across 1980s Los Angeles, we’ll experience the exhilarating ride of a team that dominated a decade of basketball and watch them not only achieve iconic status but transform the sport in every way.”
The pilot directed and executive produced by Adam McKay for Hyperobject Industries; executive produced by Kevin Messick for Hyperobject Industries; written and executive produced by Max Borenstein; story co-written and executive produced by Jim Hecht; executive produced by Jason Shuman, Scott Stephens and Rodney Barnes.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Quibi Orders 7th Season of “Reno 911!”
Upcoming stream Quibi has greenit a seventh season of comedy “Reno 911,” which ran for six seasons on Comedy Central before the cable net opted not to renew it. The logline: “Reno 911!” lets viewers ride shotgun with the courageous men and women of the Reno Sheriff’s Department as they lay down the law and put their lives on the line. The “Reno 911!” camera doesn’t blink – and when the bullets start flying, the Reno Sheriff’s Department will be right behind you.
The ensemble comedy was created by and stars Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Thomas Lennon, all of whom are attached to write and star in the new season. Peter Principato of Artists First will executive produce the series along with Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher of Jersey Television. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Character Actor René Auberjonois Dies at 82
Actor René Auberjonois, who is remembered for his regularly scheduled TV series roles on “Soap” spin-off “Benson,” “Star Trek: Deep Space 9,” and “The Practice” spin-off “Boston Legal” passed away at home in Los Angeles due to metastatic lung cancer. He was 79.
Born June 1, 1940 in New York City, actor John Houseman (“The Paper Chase”), a neighbor, gave Auberjonois his first theater job at the age of 16 as an apprentice at a theater in Stratford, Connecticut. Auberjonois would later teach at Juilliard under Houseman, and he began his career acting at various theater companies around the country.
Before his entry into Hollywood, Auberjonois worked in theater, earning a Tony for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his role opposite Katharine Hepburn in Coco. He ultimately earned three additional Tony nominations — “The GOod Doctor” in 1973, “Big River” in 1984, and “City of Angels” in 1989.
Actor Ron Leibman Dies at 82
Ron Leibman, who is remembered for his co-starring role in 1979 theatrical Norma Rae opposite Sally Field has passed away. He was 82 and the cause of his death was pneumonia, according to his publicist Robert Atterman.
“We at Abrams Artists Agency are saddened to hear the news of Ron’s passing. Ron was an incredibly talented actor with a distinguished career in film, TV and theatre. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Jessica Walter, and his family,” Atterman said in a statement.”
Born Oct. 11, 1937 in New York City, Leibman made his film debut in dark comedy “Where’s Poppa?” in 1970. He then was featured opposite Robert Redford in heist film “The Hot Rock” in 1972, and also appeared in notable movies like “Slaughterhouse-Five” (1972), “Zorro: The Gay Blade” (1981), “Auto Focus” “(2002) and “Garden State” (2004). But it was his role as a Jewish unionizer in aforementioned “Norma Rae” that was a career high. For more, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
December 2019 Streaming Series Programming Preview – Click here
“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.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season premieres: “Dirty Mudder Truckers” and “Twin Turbos” on Discovery…
Season finales: “Wrap Battle” on Freeform; “My Horror Story” on Travel…
The CW offers a Monday installment of “Batwoman”…