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Netflix to Air Original Series Based on Spotify; HGTV, Food and Travel Channel Announce Series Renewals

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Production began on “The Cage, the original pilot of “Star Trek” in 1964. The Captain of the USS Enterprise was not James T. Kirk, but Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter). Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) was present, but not as First Officer. That role was referred to as Number One, played by Majel Barrett. NBC rejected the pilot, referring to it as “too slow” and ordered a second one, this time with William Shatner…Television movie “Gypsy,” headlined by Bette Midler and based on the life of burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee, aired on CBS in 1993…

Celebrity Birthdays:

Bob Barker

Former “The Price is Right” host Bob Barker is 96; country singer Connie Francis is 81; singer Dionne Warwick is 78; Gymnast Cathy Rigby is 67; Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”) is 48; “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik is 43.

Did You Know?
Had “Star Trek” been renewed for a fourth season, the producers planned to bring back Koloth from “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode as a recurring villain. Additionally, Roger C. Carmel would have returned as criminal Harry Mudd for the third time, and McCoy’s (DeForest Kelley) daughter Joanna would have been introduced.

RATINGS BOX                                                            

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5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Manager Should Adopt

Citing a passion for creating a positive work environment and motiving individuals to maximize their greatest potential, entrepreneur and media professional Tracy Lawrence is the force behind executive search, consulting and coaching firm The Lawrence Advisory. The organization partners with a wide roster of clients, unlimited by industry, to assess candidates in each specific field for long-term satisfaction and success. It offers strategic planning tools for senior management. And the goal, a la the tag line of The Lawrence Advisory, is simple yet powerful…”Hire.Build.Lead.

“What we do is we advise, which is why our name is so appropriate,” said Tracy Lawrence. “I have always had a natural inclination towards the issues involved with leadership and motivating and inspiring people. And I look to work with organizations that are genuinely interested in developing their people, and a culture of performance.”

“Self-awareness is really key to making progress,” she added. “You can sit and design a plan on paper, but the ability to get things done through people is really the most important aspect of running a company.”

Based in Los Angeles, Lawrence has had an illustrious career in media and marketing, ranging from brand management at Kraft to General Manager of Fox Family Channel. However, it was a leadership role at executive recruiting and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates, where she handled senior-level management and board of director searches, as well as executive assessment initiatives across a variety of industries, that fueled her passion and tapped into her area of interest and growing expertise.

As a member of Russell Reynolds’ Diversity Practice, Lawrence also consulted with various corporations to build more diverse teams and inclusive cultures. For more, click here


Netflix Announces Original Series Based on Spotify
Netflix has ordered a new original limited series (still untitled) based on Spotify and its co-founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon. “It is a story about how hard convictions, unrelenting will, access and big dreams can help small players challenge the status quo by evolving the way we can all listen to music,” said the streamer in a statement.

The series is inspired by the book “Spotify Untold” by Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud, who are business reporters at Sweden’s Dagens Industri; and it will be directed by Per-Olav Sørensen (“Quicksand”).

The logline: The show will follow young Swedish tech entrepreneur Daniel Ek and his partner, Martin Lorentzon, who revolutionized the music industry at a turbulent time when it was being damaged by piracy and controlled by heavy-hitters who were fighting each other for a bigger piece of the pie. The pair took the industry by storm by offering free and legal streamed music around the world.


HGTV Renews “Bargain Mansions” for Sophomore Season
HGTV has ordered eight new one-hour episodes of “Bargain Mansions” starring home renovator Tamara Day. The Kansas City-based series follows the busy mother of four as she snags unbelievable deals on large downtrodden properties. To attract top dollar from the right buyer, Tamara works to preserve the historic charm and unique architectural features of these large bargain homes, while incorporating modern layouts and luxurious amenities.

The new season of “Bargain Mansions” is slated to premiere in spring 2020.

Food Network Greenights “Buddy vs. Duff” for Season 2
Food Network has ordered a new season of “Buddy vs. Duff,” which features elite bakers Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman face-off in an epic baking battle for the chance to be crowned the undisputed king of cake. Production begins this week on the eight-episode second season of the competition will challenge every aspect of what it means to be a true pastry artist and cake master. The series is scheduled to return in March 2020.

Travel Channel Renews “Ghost Nation” for Season 2
Travel Channel has greenlit “Ghost Nation,” featuring the “OG” gang of paranormal investigations — Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango — for a second season.“Ghost Nation” follows the paranormal pioneers as they help homeowners dealing with harrowing hauntings. Responding to urgent calls from local paranormal investigators nationwide who have reached a dead end, the trio steps in to solve the high-stakes cases with robust, multi-stage investigations.

The Season One finale of “Ghost Nation” will air on Friday, December 13 at 10 p.m. ET


Nominations Announced for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2019, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood. For the complete list of nominees, click here

11 Of the Best Holiday Episodes in TV History – Click here
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PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci  
This week, Douglas countdowns the worst shows in 2019. Click here

Play the Golden Globe Awards Pick’Em Game 2020

With the 77th Golden Globe Awards taking place Sunday, January 5, 2020 on NBC, here is your chance to predict who will win via the Programming Insider Golden Globe Awards Pick’Em Game! The deadline is when the ceremony starts. To participate, click here

Getting Noticed in the Growing Streaming Landscape – Click here

Surviving OTT: Research Chiefs TVOT Opine Changing Landscape – Click here

Documentary “Hate Among Us” Sheds Light on the Rise of Anti-Semitism in the World– Click here


2019 NFL Regular Season Week 15 TV and Announcer Schedule –Click here


USA docuseries “Miz & Mrs.” will return for season two on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10 p.m. ET. The series follows WWE Superstars The Miz and Maryse. In the upcoming season they move from their quiet life in Austin back to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. THe logline: With two mothers-in-law, a grandfather with WWE aspirations, two dogs, two cats, a 1-year old daughter, and a new baby on the way, every day is a new adventure.  Mike and Maryse may be Superstars in the ring, but at home they face the same challenges that affect all new parents. From spicing up their love life to keeping their family at bay, the duo will work together to take on whatever is thrown their way.

December 2019 Streaming Series Programming Preview – Click here