ON THIS DAY
ABC sitcom “Perfect Strangers,” starring Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot, debuted in 1986. Jo Marie Payton, who joined the series as elevator operator Harriette Winslow in season two, was spun-off into another long-running ABC hit: “Family Matters”…Three sitcoms concluded: “The Monkees” on NBC in 1968, “Bewitched” on ABC in 1972, and NBC’s “Sanford and Son” in 1977. “Sanford and Son” morphed briefly into spin-off “The Sanford Arms” in the fall of 1977, and Redd Foxx returned to the role of Fred Sanford (minus Demond Wilsonas his son Lamont) from 1980-81…Celebrity Birthdays: Paul Michael Glaser (“Starsky and Hutch”) is 76; Elton John is 72; “Desperate Housewives” star Marcia Cross is 57; “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker is 54; “Scorpion” star Katharine McPhee is 35.
Did You Know?
“Sanford and Son” also spun-off “Grady,“ starring Whitman Mayo, which aired for 10 episodes in the 1975-76 season.
CBS: 6.7/12, ABC: 3.6/ 6, NBC: 2.1/ 4, Fox: 1.2/ 2, CW: 0.7/ 1
Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: no change, ABC: – 3, NBC: -12, CBS: -32
Once again, ABC’s “American Idol” (4.5 rating/8 share) bested competing “World of Dance” (2.5/ 4) on NBC by a significant proportion in the household overnights (80 percent) from 8-10 p.m. But an approximate 45-minute primetime overrun for the ongoing NCAA Basketball Tournament on the East Coast led CBS to an above average Sunday victory.
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Animal Planet Orders “Jeremy Wade’s Dark Waters”
Biologist Jeremy Wade is returning to Animal Planet in new series “Jeremy Wade’s Dark Waters,” which spotlights the bizarre, the weird and the mysterious as he investigates baffling, unsolved mysteries. The logline: He takes Animal Planet’s audiences on journeys beneath the water in remote areas, to islands lost in time and out into the open ocean to investigate reports that include, among others, entire fish species suddenly disappearing; unexplained sightings of mythical beasts; once thriving rivers now empty; and genetic oddities that may have produced the biggest monsters yet.
“Jeremy Wade’s Dark Waters” premieres on Animal Planet on Sunday, April; 21 at 9 p.m. ET.
RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
ABC Renews “The Conners” for Season Two
Sitcom “The Conners,” the continuation of “Roseanne” (sans Ms. Barr), has been greenlit for a second season by ABC. The episode order in season two will be increased from 11 to 13.
“We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conners family,” Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. “This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves.”
Confirmed to officially return, at present, are John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Ames McNamara.
The CW’s “Supernatural” to Conclude Next Season
Veteran “Supernatural,” The CW’s longest running series historically and the sixth longest scripted hour-long drama historically (behind “Law & Order,” “Gunsmoke” and “Law & Order: SVU,” “NCIS” and “Grey”s Anatomy”) will conclude in 2019-20 after 15 seasons. Debuting on former network The WB on Sept. 13, 2005, “Supernatural” focuses on brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester as they follow their father’s footsteps in the “family business” — hunting down supernatural monsters.
“Supernatural” joins another veteran drama heading into season 15 that will also be concluding, “Criminal Minds” on CBS; and The CW’s “Arrow,” will will have an abbreviated 10-episode eighth — and final — season.
Padalecki, Ackles, and co-star Misha Collins (who plays the angel Castiel) announced that the series would come to an end with its forthcoming season, and thanked the fans who have watched over the years. “We wanted you to hear from us that although we’re excited about next year,” Padalecki said, “it will be the finale.”
Hulu Renews “Marvel’s Runaways” for Season Three
Hulu has issued a third season renewal to “Marvel’s Runways,” with an order for 10 new episodes. Debuting on November 21, 2017, the series features Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin and Allegra Acosta as the Runaways, six teenagers from different backgrounds who unite against their parents, the Pride (portrayed by Angel Parker, Ryan Sands, Annie Wersching, Kip Pardue, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Brigid Brannagh, Kevin Weisman, Brittany Yaegashi and Julian McMahon).
“Marvel’s Runaways” is executive produced by series showrunners/writers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (“The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl,” along with Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger“) and Quinton Peeples. Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski produces as well. “Marvel’s Runaways” is a co-production with ABC Signature Studios.
ROAM Launches Roam TV
ROAM, described as the next generation adventure network, has launched ROAM TVtoday, part of the company’s newly designed website. ROAM TV is a video channel with original adventure programming featuring stories of human endurance, inspiring destinations, innovation in exploration, athletic prowess, and cultural curiosity.The channel has opened with a library of hundreds of videos from renowned contributors including 2019 Academy Award-winner Jimmy Chin, Travis Rice, Andy Best, Chris Burkard, Renan Ozturk, Mike Horn, Keith Ladzinki, Sasha DiGiulian, Andy Mann, Ian Walsh, and Jeremy Jones.
The videos vary in length and include serial episodes from 3 to 5 minutes in length and will eventually include feature length films. Most videos will be ad supported by pre-rolls, interstitials and video-player skin takeovers, among other units. Others will be available on a PPV and SVOD basis.