ON THIS DAY
U.S. President Calvin Coolidge became the first President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House in 1924…Sock it to me! Comedy variety hour “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” debuted on NBC in 1968, and soared to the top of the rating charts…Conan O’Brien hosted his last episode of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in 2010…
Celebrity birthdays: “The Exorcist” star Linda Blair is 61; actress Diane Lane (“The Perfect Storm”); is 55;
Chef Guy Fieri is 52; “7th Heaven” star Beverley Mitchell is 39.
Did You Know?
During the September 16, 1968, episode, Richard Nixon, running for president, appeared for a few seconds with a disbelieving vocal inflection, asking “Sock it to me?” Nixon was not doused or assaulted. An invitation was extended to Nixon’s opponent, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, but he declined.
LIve+7 Day Ratings: Week of January 6 – Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NATPE: YouTube Goes Into Expansion Mode on Originals
With YouTube pulling back from its subscription video model a year ago, there was speculation at the time that it might also be retreating from the original series game. But the pivot to better exploit what it’s done best for years, monetize video through advertising, has only emboldened its original content ambitions.
But YouTube has plans to double its originals output this year, releasing more than 100 movies and TV shows.
“Our position in the marketplace is somewhat different than the rest of our competitors, so we think that the current rising programming tide lifts everybody,” explained Wes Harris, head of marketing for YouTube Originals at a panel at the National Association of Television Program Executive conference (NATPE) in Miami titled “Launching Original Content When It’s Not on TV.”
The tally of original scripted programming across all platforms could rise to a record 530 series this year, according to industry estimates. For more, click here
Upcoming Daytime Talker “The Drew Barrymore Show” Cleared in 85 Percent of the County
CBS Television Distribution has cleared “The Drew Barrymore Show” in 85 percent of the country, it was announced today by Steve LoCascio, Chief Operating Officer of CBS Television Distribution. The daytime talk show, hosted by actress Drew Barrymore, will launch nationwide in fall 2020. Joining the CBS Television Stations, which had previously signed on to anchor the launch of the new show in major markets, are stations from the Nexstar, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Weigel Broadcasting, Scripps, Gray Television, Tegna, Meredith and Mission Broadcasting station groups.
“The Drew Barrymore Show” will be produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Drew Barrymore, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell are executive producers.
Dabl Expands Distribution to 90% of the Country
Dabl, an upcom,ing multiplatform, advertiser-supported lifestyle network from CBS Television Distribution, has expanded its distribution and acquired more than 400 hours of programming from ITV Studios and all3media international (including titles from British chef Gordon Ramsay). Launched nationwide on Sept. 9, (Dabl (pronounced dab·ble) is now cleared in 90 percent of the country.
The network, which primarily airs on the digital spectrum of television stations nationwide, including the CBS Television Stations group in major markets, also recently added cable distribution with Altice.
Is It Already Too Late for Apple TV+
At the just-wrapped Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour, Apple billed its new Apple TV+ streaming service as the destination for “creative storytellers.” But can the biggest name in consumer technology get anyone to watch anything these top creative storytellers produce?
Launched on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ has promised the end user a potpourri of exclusive original shows, movies and documentaries. Drama “The Morning Show,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell was its signature entry. Despite the mixed reviews, it did manage to snag three Golden Globe Award nominations (including Best Television Series – Drama) and a Screen Actors Guild award for Jennifer Aniston for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, which for a new streaming service is an impressive feat.
“The Morning Show,” however, was only one of eight shows (seven scripted and one non-scripted) available at Apple TV+’s inception. Nothing else has been all that buzzworthy. Only about 5% of U.S. streaming homes sampled Apple TV+ in the latter six weeks in fourth quarter 2019 it was available, according to a poll conducted by market research firm HarrisX for equity research boutique MoffettNathanson. And there was an immediate obstacle: Disney+, which just 11 days after the introduction of Apple TV+ debuted with an endless well of content from Disney films, Disney animation, Disney Channel Originals, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic for $6.99 per month. For more, click here
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUCEMENTS
ABC Gives Pilot Order to Sitcom “Prospect”
ABC has ordered a pilot for a proposed single-camera western-themed comedy called “Prospect.”
HBO Max Orders Animated Comedy “The Prince”
Upcoming streamer HBO Max has greenlit animated sitcom “The Prince” from creator Gary Janetti (“Family Guy,” “Will & Grace”), which is inspired by Janetti’s Instagram account known for its satire of British Royals through the eyes of a young Prince George, eldest child of Prince William and Princess Kate. Janetti will star in the series as Prince George alongside the voices of Orlando Bloom as Prince Harry, Condola Rashad as Meghan Markle, Lucy Punch as Kate Middleton, Tom Hollander as both Prince Philip and Prince Charles, Alan Cumming as George’s butler Owen, Frances De La Tour as Queen Elizabeth, and Iwan Rheon as Prince William.
“The Prince” is described as a biting, satirical look at the life of Prince George of Cambridge, the youngest heir to the British throne, as he navigates the trials and tribulations of being a royal child. Before George rules Britannia, he’ll be laying down his own laws in Janetti’s comedic take on the future King of England’s childhood as seen from the prince’s own point of view. Because his succession isn’t coming any time soon, in each episode George will find his path in life as a young prince in modern times – from the 775 rooms of Buckingham Palace to his family’s sea of corgis to primary school with commoners.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
NBC Renews “American Ninja Warrior” for Season Nine
NBC has greenlit obstacle course competition series “American Ninja Warrior” for a ninth season. Production on the new season will begin this spring, with the new season expected this summer.
Hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila along with sideline reporter Zuri Hall, the series will shoot in three cities this season – Los Angeles (Universal Studios backlot), Washington, D.C. (DC Armory) and St. Louis (The Dome at America’s Center). The show’s national finals will once again take place in Las Vegas.
Streaming Wars Update: NBCUniversal Unveils Programming Details for Upcoming Peacock – Click here
This week, Douglas Pucci reviews new Fox sitcom “Outmatched,” “Brain Games” at Nat Geo Channel; “The Crystal Maze” on Nickelodeon; “The Biggest Loser” on USA; “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens” on Comedy Central; and “Avenue 5” on HBO. Click here
2020 Australian Open Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Travel Channel series “Haunting in the Heartland,“ featuring paranormal investigator and documentary filmmaker Steve Shippy, will premiere on Friday, February 21 at 10 p.m. ET. Growing up in a rural Michigan “creepy house on the corner,” Shippy uses his own personal experiences to make intimate connections with the families who’ve reached out to him for help. He then puts the puzzle pieces together to identify and decipher the larger mystery of the town’s haunting.
Movie “Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes,“ which focuses on when boxing legend Muhammad Ali appeared multiple times on “The Dick Cavett Show,” will air on HBO on Sunday, April 5 at 7 p.m. ET. The logline: Whether discussing his prowess in the ring, the status of race relations in America or his controversial decision to refuse induction into the Army during the Vietnam War, Ali was an entertaining and provocative guest.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Comedy Central debuts “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens”…“9-1-1: Lone Star” debuts in Wednesday 9 p.m. ET hour on Fox…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, January 22 click here