ON THIS DAY
The producers of the original “Dallas” on CBS announced that Patrick Duffy would be returning after his one-season absence in 1986, which led to his character, Bobby Ewing, stepping out of the shower at the end of the season. It was all a dream!…Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero (Vincent Pastore) got whacked in the second season finale of HBO’s “The Sopranos” in 2000…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor Dennis Quaid is 65; “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon is 53; “Cosby Show” star Keshia Knight Pulliam is 40; actress Kristen Stewart (“Panic Room”) is 29.
-Did You Know?:
According to Patrick Duffy, not even the cast, crew, or CBS executives knew the scene had been shot when Bobby stepped out of the shower on “Dallas.“It was edited in less than an hour before airtime; Victoria Principal, who played Pam, hadn’t even been on set with Duffy and she was reacting to another actor in the shower.
CBS: 8.8/15, NBC: 4.5/ 8, ABC: 3.9/ 7, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1
Note: CBS did not air NCAA Basketball on the year-ago evening, which is why we excluded the year-ago averages.
CBS topped this second Monday in April care of NCAA Basketball, which concluded at 11.48 p.m. ET and scored an estimated 12.3 rating/21 share in households. Results for any live sporting event, as a reminder, are estimated.
NBC’s “The Voice” (5.3/ 9 from 8-10 p.m.) remained a strong option than ABC’s competing “American Idol” (#3: 4.6/ 8), with a 15 percent household advantage last night. For the remainder of the analysis for Monday, April 8, click here
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Discovery Orders “Legends of the Wild”
Discovery has ordered six episodes of “Legends of the Wild” (working title), which follows two wilderness experts and childhood buddies as they investigate, document and try to solve some of the most incredible mysteries of the natural world.
The logline: Damian Duffy, a former Australian army paratrooper and certified wilderness guide, and Matt Hoffman, a professional wildlife photographer and storm chaser, are two adventurers who aren’t afraid of dangerous situations. They’ve dedicated their entire lives and careers to taking on and capturing Mother Nature and its many wonders. Together they will journey deep into the wild – risking it all – to find the answers to some of the world’s most hair-raising wildlife mysteries. From mysteries like unexplained sea creatures spotted in the icy waters of Alaska to brutal deadly attacks by an airborne predator in Papua New Guinea, Damian and Matt set off into the wild each week to find and document the answers. Then they have to make it out alive.
“Legends of the Wild” is produced for Discovery Channel by Hit+Run. For Hit+Run, Rob Shaftel is executive producer, with Noah Korn and David Story serving as co-executive producers. For Discovery Channel, John Slaughter is executive producer and Cameron Doyle is coordinating producer.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
IFC Renews “Documentary Now!”
IFC has announced a pick-up for comedy series “Documentary Now!,” with an order for seven new episodes. Debuting on August 20, 2015, the Lorne Michaels produced series is described as a mockumentary television series and it is created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas. Hosted by Helen Mirren, the series spoofs celebrated documentary films by parodying the style of each documentary with a similar, but fictitious, subject.
Nickelodeon Orders Second Season of “Rainbow Rangers”
Nickelodeon has greenlit animated preschool series “Rainbow Rangers” for a second season, with an order for 52 new 11-minute episodes. “Rainbow Rangers” debuted on Nick Jr. in November, and airs Monday through Friday in the afternoon as well as on Sunday mornings.
The series follows the the rescue-based adventures of seven girls who are Earth’s first responders, protecting people, animals, resources, and the natural beauty of our world. The Rainbow Rangers, who live in the magical land of Kaleidoscopia at the other side of the rainbow, have their distinctive personalities and superpowers. Whenever there’s trouble for the people or animals of Earth, our seven heroines zoom into action and ride their Spectra Scooters across the rainbow to save the day.
“Judge Jerry” Sold in 99 Percent of the Country
NBCUniversal Television Distribution announced today that “Judge Jerry” has been sold in 99 percent of the U.S. for its fall debut. The station count across the country is 206 and the majority of all the markets will air “Judge Jerry” in back-to-back half-hour episodes.
“Judge Jerry” will be taped in front of a live studio audience at the Stamford (Conn.) Media Center, which is also home to daily talkers “The Steve Wilkos Show” and “Maury.” The show is produced and distributed in the U.S. by NBCUniversal Television Distribution with Kerry Shannon serving as executive producer and Leah Ponce and Joe Scott as co-executive producers.
An Eye on the Cable Upfront – Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
New six-part ABC docuseries “1969,” which features first-hand accounts of how these events came together at the same dizzying, chaotic time. “1969” premieres Tuesday, April 23 at 10 p.m. The premiere episode includes accounts from the unsung women who helped make the moon landing possible.
Season two of FX drama “Pose” will begin on Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET. “Pose” explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society: the underground ball culture, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene that came to define New York in the 1980s.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced that the “25th annual “Critics’ Choice Awards” will air live on The CW on Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 7-10 p.m. ET. The show will continue its combined film and television awards format, honoring the finest in both cinematic and televised/streaming achievement, and take place once again at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “The Code” on CBS; “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” on PBS; “Fosse/Verdon” on FX…Season premieres: “Dreamworks Trolls” on Netflix; “The Bold Type” on Freeform; “The Deadliest Catch” on Discovery; “You Me Her” on Audience…Season finales: “The Story of God” on GGC; “Boomerang” on BET; “Dead Recall” on ID…For the listing of programming options for Tuesday, April 9, click here