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Over 800,000 Viewers for “Ed Gordon” Premiere on Bounce TV
Diginet Bounce TV is reporting 838,000 unduplicated viewers on Tuesday for two airings of the debut episode of primetime newsmagazine “Ed Gordon,” hosted by the recent BET anchorman. Among the network’s targeted African-American audience, the telecasts increased in households by a reported 28 percent and 21 percent, respectively.
The series premiere featured Gordon’s exclusive interview from Ferguson, Missouri with five Mothers of The Movement, African-American women whose children have been shot, with four killed, in acts of violence. Gordon also visited with Nate Parker and the cast of “The Birth of a Nation,” the motion picture dramatizing the life of Nat Turner, the slave who led a rebellion in Virginia in 1831. In addition, Gordon sat down with popular singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Maxwell.
Original “Batman” Series Returns in Spanish
TeleXitos, a multicast channel for Spanish-language viewers focused on programming of an action adventure nature, has acquired the rights to air the iconic ABC 1966-68 half-hour series “Batman.” Viewers in the United States will now be able to watch all 120-episodes in Spanish and without subtitles. TeleXitos will kick-off the “Batman” series premiere with a weekend marathon that will begin tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET.
Campy “Batman,” a thrill for youngers and pure comedy for adults, is remembered for The Riddler (Frank Gorshin, John Astin), The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt — Lee Meriwether was in the theatrical) stirring up trouble in Gotham City. Apparently, jail sentences were very short. But there were actually over 30 villains, in total, battling Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) including Archer, The Black Widow, Bookworm, Nora Clavical, Colonel Gumm, Clock King, Dr. Cassandra, Egghead and Olga, False Face, Mr. Freeze, King Tut, Lord Flogg and Lady Penelope Peasoup, Lola Lasagne, Louie the Lilac, The Mad Hatter, Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, Minerva, The Minstrel, Sandman, Shame and Calamity Jan, Siren, and Zelda the Great.
To commemorate TeleXitos’ debut of “Batman” and celebrate DC Comics’ “Batman Day 2016” tomorrow, the network will also offer viewers an opportunity to access special “Batman”-themed trivia in Spanish on its digital and social media platforms. Viewers can visit TeleXitos.com, as well as the network’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/TeleXitos or its Twitter page at @TeleXitos and use the hashtag #BatmanEnTeleXitos, to access the specially-curated digital content.
“Underground” Confirmed as the First Public Program at the Oprah Winfrey Theater
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will host a screening of original series “Underground,” Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the museum located at 1400 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established as the 19th Smithsonian museum by an Act of Congress through legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003. “Underground,” which airs on WGN America and is produced by Sony Pictures Television, will be the inaugural public program presented at the museum following its historic grand opening and the first public program held in the Oprah Winfrey Theater.
A panel discussion will follow the screening with “Underground” co-creator, writer and executive producer Misha Green and cast members Alano Miller (“Cato”), Amirah Vann (“Ernestine”), Jessica de Gouw (“Elizabeth Hawkes”) and Aisha Hinds (“Harriet Tubman”), moderated by Dr. Rex Ellis, the museum’s Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs.
Debuting on March 9, 2016, “Underground” tells the story of valiant enslaved people who risked their lives to reach freedom on the Underground Railroad.”
Actor James Stacy Dead at 80
Actor James Stacy, who is remembered for his role on CBS 1968-71 western “Lancer,” died yesterday in Ventura, California. He was 80.
Born Maurice William Elias on December 23, 1936 in Los Angeles, Stacy made his film debut in “Sayonara” in 1957, and his television premiere in drama “Highway Patrol” in that same year. He had a recurring role as “Fred” in “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” from 1958 to 1964 and made early guest appearances in series like “Gunsmoke,” “Hazel,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Perry Mason,” “Have Gun Will Travel” and “Combat!” In 1966, he appeared in the final episode of “Perry Mason.”
On September 27, 1973, Stacy and a female companion were struck by a drunk driver while riding a motorcycle. She died and he lost his left arm and leg. For more, click here