ON THIS DAY – Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Eunice (Carol Burnett) appeared on “The Gong Show” in 1977 in a “Family” sketch on CBS’ “The Carol Burnett Show.” “The Family,” which also featured Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper (Mama) and Harvey Korman as Eunice’s husband Ed, was spun-off into a made-for TV movie in 1982 called “Eunice” and sitcom “Mama’s Family”effective on January 22, 1983…NBC debuted the three-part miniseries, “King,”which chronicled the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in 1978. “King” earned nine Emmy Award nominations and it starred Paul Winfield, Ossie Davis, Cicely Tyson and Tony Bennett…
Celebrity Birthdays: Arsenio Hall is 64; actor Josh Brolin (“No Country For Old Men”) is 52; actress Christina Ricci (“The Addams Family”) is 40.
-Did You Know?:
“Mama’s Family,” of course, was the spin-off sitcom featuring Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper. After a two season run on NBC (from 1983 to 1984), “Mama’s Family” returned in first-run syndication in the fall of 1986 where it ran for four additional seasons. Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman reprised their roles as Eunice and Ed in a handful of early episodes of “Mama’s Family” on NBC, but never appeared when it was syndicated. Korman, additionally, introduced the early episodes as the stuffed shirt Alistair Quince (an obvious parody of Alistair Cooke), who would soberly introduce the program in the style of “Masterpiece Theatre.” These monologues were cut out of the later syndicated reruns.”
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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Netflix Orders Preschool Series “Mighty Express”
Netflix and Spin Master Corp. have announced a new CG animated preschool series titled “Mighty Express.” The new show, from “PAW Patrol” creator Keith Chapman, takes place in a world where kids run the stations and work together with the Mighty Express on adventures. Netflix has ordered 52 11-minute episodes, with the expected due date next September.
Spin Master Entertainment executive vice president Jennifer Dodge will executive produce along with Spin Master’s co-founder and co-CEO Ronnen Harary. Animation will be provided by Atomic Cartoons.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
NBC Renews “Superstore” for Season 6
NBC has greenlit comedy “Superstore” for a sixth season. Debuting on November 30, 2015, the series stars America Ferrara, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nicole Bloom and Mark McKinney as a group of employees working at a fictional big-box store called “Cloud 9” set in St. Louis, Missouri.
The season premiere next fall will mark the 100th epiosde of “Superstore.” The series joins “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as the second NBC sitcom confirmed for the 2020-21 season.
“Year of the Rabbit” Greenlit for Season 2
IFC and UK’s Channel 4 have confirmed a second season of sitcom “Year of the Rabbit.” Set in London in 1887, the series follows “a group of Victorian detectives including Detective Inspector Rabbit, a hardened booze-hound who’s seen it all, and his new, hapless, by-the-books partner. While investigating a local murder, the chief of police’s lewd but insightful adoptive daughter becomes the country’s first female officer. Together, the trio must fight crime while rubbing shoulders with street gangs, crooked politicians, Bulgarian princes, spiritualists, music hall stars and the Elephant Man.
Through December 2019, U.S. consumers had access to more than 646,000 unique program titles to choose from across linear and streaming services, according to Nielsen Media Research. Comparably, that is a 10 percent increase from all of 2018.
Nearly one-fifth (19 percent) of the time consumers in OTT capable homes are spending on the TV is going to streaming, be it ad-supported models or paid subscription services. Among the major established platforms, Netflix accounted for 31 percent of that time — the largest share of any service.
Also according to Nielsen, SVOD services are now in nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of all U.S. homes, and driving this constant growth has been enabled internet-connected devices, enabled smart TVs and smartphones, all of which have acted as super enablers for the rise of streaming and pave a pathway for consumers to access content wherever, whenever.
Enabled TV-connected devices are in exactly the same amount of U.S. homes as SVOD services (73 percent), while enabled Smart TV penetration is at 51 percent and smartphones a whopping 94 percent.
This Live Show Puts Blind Dates in Front of an Audience
The New York City-based live show “UpDating” pairs two single people for a blind date in front of an audience. The 3rd hour of NBC’s “Today” sat down with creators Brandon Berman and Harrison Forman to find out about this new way to look for love. For a look, click here
Contrasts of the Two Versions of “The Conners” Live Episode on ABC
Since “The Conners” performed two versions of the same episode — one for the Eastern and Central time zones, the other for the Pacific — the references to the live primary results (as well as the jokes by the characters of Mark and Becky (Lecy Goranson) were different in each version. For a look at the two different versions, click here
Adam Sandler and the Safdie Brothers from “Uncut Gems” Shine at the Film Independent Spirit Awards– Click here
Docuseries “Master Distiller” will premiere on Discovery on Tuesday, March 3 at 10 p.m. ET. Judged by three legendary Moonshiners – Mark, Digger and Tim of Discovery’s “Moonshiners” – three competitors will faceoff each week in a series of challenges focused on making a specific type of spirit, including American whiskey, rum, gin, mountain brandy, and mezcal among others. Beyond the necessary amount of skill required to complete the challenges, these competitors will need to prove their knowledge of the craft and demonstrate profound creativity as they convert raw local ingredients into authentic, handcrafted spirits that will impress the most seasoned of distilling experts.
A+E will debut documentary series “Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” on Tuesday, April 21 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: the series offers an intimate account of what happens when someone is formally charged with a crime and sent to trial – all solely from the perspective of the accused, their legal team and family members. Each episode follows the accused person’s journey through the planning of their legal defense, the trial and, ultimately, the verdict. As evidence mounts and the trial approaches, these emotional stories provide a first-hand look at what it is like when your freedom is on the line.