Singer Eddie Holland is 81; Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is 81; actor Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”) is 75; NBC news journalist Andrea Mitchell is 74; actor Harry Hamlin (“L.A. Law”) is 69; actor-comedian Kevin Pollak (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) is 63; Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona is 60; actor Michael Beach (“Third Watch”) is 57; Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale is 55; “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Nia Long is 50; “Cash Cab” host Ben Bailey is 50; actor Matthew Morrison (“Glee”) is 42; actor Gael Garcia Bernal (“Babel”) is 42; entrepreneur Ivanka Trump is 39.
Did You Know?
Nine years after “WKRP in Cincinnati” concluded came spin-off “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” which began its two season run in first-run syndication on Sept. 14, 1991. Gordon Jump (Arthur Carlson), Frank Bonner (Herb Tarlek), and Richard Sanders (Les Nessman) reprised their roles from the original show, while Howard Hesseman returned as Dr. Johnny Fever on a recurring basis. Unlike the original, there were no live turkeys…or as many laughs…After retooling the cast of “It’s a Living” in season two, ABC changed the title to “Making a Living.“ When it was revived in first-run syndication, it returned to its original title.
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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Judge Judy Sheindlin to Preside Over New Court Program for IMDb TV and Amazon Studios
IMDb TV and Amazon Studios today announced an Untitled Judge Judy Sheindlin Project to stream exclusively in the United States on IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service. The series will feature no-nonsense, expeditious Judge Sheindlin’s signature adjudication style with a new array of cases, litigants and judgments.
“I’m over the moon to be in business with Amazon Studios and continuing this incredible journey with them on a new platform is so exciting,” said Judge Judy Sheindlin, who is exiting her current daytime strip, “Judge Judy.” for CBS Television Distribution after 25 years this spring. “I used to yell at my husband, Jerry, for all the packages he had ordered from Amazon every day. I have enough mouthwash in the cabinets to keep the entire planet’s breath fresh until the next millennium. The doorbell never stops ringing. The dogs don’t even bark at the delivery people anymore. After I signed this deal, I apologized to Jerry. Who would have thought that the Sheindlin’s and Amazon would be mishpachah?”
The new Judy Sheindlin series, which will be distributed by Sox Entertainment, will launch at an unconfirmed time in 2021. The upcoming courtroom show adds another high-profile original to IMDb TV’s inaugural slate of original programs beginning with its first live-action original series, “Alex Rider,” a spy thriller based on the Anthony Horowitz book series of the same name.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
CBS All Access Renews Comedy “No Activity” for an Animated Fourth Season
Streamer CBS All Access has announced the fourth season renewal for its original, half-hour comedy series “No Activity.” The new season, however, will feature all the characters in animated form. The logline: The season will find Special Agent Nick Cullen (Patrick Brammall) realizing his dream of joining the FBI, but he will soon discover that being an FBI agent isn’t that special after all. After being assigned to a seemingly dull observation detail, he finds a potential career case in the form of an emerging cult. A large scale operation soon takes aim at the cult but it’s unclear which side will break first. Despite the promotion, Cullen’s path continues to cross with former partner Judd Toldbeck’s (Tim Meadows), who adjusts to life with a new partner of his own.
“No Activity’s” third season found demoted detectives Cullen and Tolbeck back in uniform with a revolving door of quirky new partners and even quirkier criminals, while robots – and Dylan McDermott – tried to take over Janice and Fatima’s jobs in dispatch. Season three starred Brammall, Meadows and a stellar guest cast, including Beth Behrs, Joe Keery, Keegan-Michael Key, Sunita Mani, Jason Mantzoukas, Dylan McDermott, Paula Pell, Amy Schumer, Amy Sedaris and J.K. Simmons.
NBCUniversal Cancels Drama “Brave New World”
NBCUniversal has opted against a second season of “Brave New World,” which marks the first cancellation for the introduced streaming service. Based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, “Brave New World” depicts a utopian society that has reached peace by prohibiting monogamy, privacy, money, family and history altogether. An artificial intelligence system called Indra is also put in place to connect citizens via a wireless network, and people are ranked based on their adherence to the society’s rules. But the sow takes a turn when citizens Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne travel to the Savage Lands where they become involved in a rebellion and are eventually rescued by John the Savage, who threatens the harmony of the utopian world.
The show’s studio, Universal Content Productions, will attempt to sell it to other outlets. Nine episodes were produced in season one.
Netflix Orders Season 2 of “The Baby-Sitter’s Club”
Netflix has greenlit “The Baby-Sitter’s Club,” based on the best-selling novels, for a second season. The sophomore season will follow the friendship and adventures of Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, Dawn Schafer, Jessie Ramsey, Mallory Pike as the middle-schoolers start their babysitting business in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
It stars Sophie Grace as Kristy, Malia Baker as Mary Anne, Momona Tamada as Claudia, Shay Rudolph as Stacey, Xochitl Gomez as Dawn, Anais Lee as Jessie, and Vivian Watson as Mallory. Ten episodes of “The Baby-Sitters Club” was produced in season one.
TV AND STREAMING TIDBITS
Global Entertainment Media Announces Digital Media Network Dedicated to Positive Environmental Solutions
Improving the planet by educating, engaging, and empowering audiences with compelling programming and data-rich information is the focus of new digital content platform Global Entertainment Media (GEM). GEM-TV.com will utilize the power of positive narrative and science-based materials to tell stories of progress and innovation about our planet and those who inhabit it.
The goal of GEM: Seeing the need for positive solutions that address the current environmental crises, the founding team of Christian Moore, Vincent Roger, Dennis Kucinich, Michael Clemente, Elizabeth Kucinich, Marc Scarpa and Doug Scott, and Hamid Guedroudj joined forces to build a media company with the support of the non-profit organization, GEMA, that together strives for a healthier, more sustainable planet. Hailing from government and broadcast production to marketing and social strategy, the founders share a vision to curate, produce and distribute inspiring environmental stories with positive solutions.
“There is nothing more majestic and powerful than planet Earth. GEM embodies that mindset that people must fall in love with the natural world first in order to then be engaged and excited enough to save it,” said Christian Moore, Managing Partner of GEM and president of the foundation, Global Environment Movement Association (GEMA). “This was why we launched GEM as the first-of-its kind media network. We will combine fascinating content with reliable environmental information from trusted sources that are tackling the challenges we face.”
GEM-TV.com will offer viewers a 24/7 live linear experience along with Video on Demand “solution-oriented” videos covering nine critical environmental topics: Energy, Climate Change, People on Earth, Forests, The Ocean, Biodiversity, Food, Sustainable Living and Water.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Documentary “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” which chronicles the triumphs and hurdles of brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb, otherwise known as the Bee Gees, will be available for streaming on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. ET. This film follows the Bee Gee’s meteoric rise as they rode the highs of fame and fortune, negotiated the vagaries of the ever-shifting music business and navigated the complexities of working so intimately alongside family.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “The Challenge” and “Truth Seekers” on Amazon; Season premieres: “The Mandalorian” on Disney+; “Somebody Feeds Phil” on Netflix…For the complete schedule for Friday, October 30, click here