ON THIS DAY
Early dramatic anthology series “Colgate Theatre” began on NBC in 1949. It ran through June 1950 and was revived as a summer option in 1958…The original version of police drama “Dragnet” debuted on NBC in 1952 with Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday…Detective drama “Riptide,” from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, launched in 1984. It aired out of “The A-Team”…Bryant Gumbel exited the “Today” show on NBC in 1997 after 15 years. On Nov. 1, 1999, however, he was back in the morning as co-host of competing (and lower-rated) “The Early Show” on CBS…”Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” opened its seven season run in first-run syndication in 1999…Craig Ferguson began his nine year run as host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” franchise in 2005…
Celebrity Birthdays: Former “Dallas” star Victoria Principal is 70; football great Eli Manning is 39.
Did You Know?
“Dragnet” began on radio in 1949 and was previewed on television in an episode of “Chesterfield Sound Off Time” in December 1951. The original “Dragnet” series ran on NBC through 1959, with Barney Phillips, Herb Ellis and Ben Alexander serving as Sgt. Joe Friday’s (Jack Webb) sidekick at different times throughout the series run. The first revival, on NBC from 1967 to 1970, featured Harry Morgan as Officer Bill Gannon opposite Webb’s Friday. Dan Aykroyd inherited the role of Sgt. Friday in the 1987 theatrical of the same name. The next reboot was “The New Dragnet” in first-run syndication from 1989-91, with a new cast and airing in tandem with “The New Adam-12.” More recently was ABC’s version of “Dragnet” with Ed O’Neill as Friday in February 2003 (which was ultimately re-titled “L.A. Dragnet” in the second – and final – season)
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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Netflix Renews “Raising Dion” for Season Two
Netflix has greenlit superhero drama “Raising Dion” for a second season, with an order for eight new episodes. ” Raising Dion” follows Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), a woman raising her son Dion (Ja’Siah Young) after the death of her husband, Mark (Jordan). The struggles of a single mother are amplified, however, after Dion begins to manifest superhuman abilities. Now, she must keep his powers a secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat (Jason Ritter) and protect Dion from those who might exploit him.
Carol Barbee will return as showrunner for the second season, and Michael B. Jordan, Kenny Goodman, Kim Roth, Dennis Liu and Charles D. King’s Macro will return as executive producers.
A “Marvelous” Third Season Conclusion for “Mrs. Maisel”
At the risk of sounding, well, old, I miss the days when a TV series ended its season and I could stand at the proverbial office water cooler and discuss it. In this “when you want, where you want” world of digital consumption, we don’t watch an episode of any TV show in unison. So, you just never know when something will be watched. And, of course, most of the communication is on social media, which at times seems awfully impersonal. But, even with all the social commentary I was completely surprised at that final scene of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Overall, I have to completely disagree with the TV critics who, this season, have not been overly kind to the Amazon’s dramedy. When I watch “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” I see a grand production, with attention to period detail unlike any other series…linear or digital. I see stellar writing and performances by an ensemble rich in Emmy-worthy glory. And I follow a barrage of characters that I care about properly evolving into the future. For more, click here
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The Best TV Shows of the 2010-2019 Decade
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci and Northern Iowa’s Y100.1 FM with deejay Scott Nolte discuss the best TV offered in the 2010 decade. To listen, 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
2019-20 NFL Playoffs: Wild Card Weekend TV and Announcer Schedule– Click here
The final family trip on ABC sitcom “Modern Family,“ titled “Paris,” will air on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: The family heads to Paris so Jay (Ed O’Neill) can accept a lifetime achievement award for his work in the closet industry. However, his old nemesis, Earl Chambers, finds a way to haunt him.
Four-part limited series “Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker,” starring Olivia Spencer, will be available for streaming on Netflix on Friday, March 20. Spencer stars as Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker, the black hair care pioneer and mogul who overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and family challenges to become America’s first black, female self-made millionaire.
Netflix offers the third — and final — season of “Anne With an E”…Series premieres: “James May: Our Man in Japan” on Amazon; “Ghost Loop” on Travel…Season premieres: “Kindred Spirits” on Travel; “Love After Lockup” and “Extreme Love” on WE...For the listing of available programs for Friday, January 3 click here