ON THIS DAY – March 20, 2020
News coverage flooded the airwaves in 1976 when Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery…CBS daytime soap opera “Capitol,” which debuted on March 29, 1982, concluded in 1987… ”My Breakfast with Blassie,” a film featuring “Taxi” star Andy Kaufman and professional wrestler and manager Fred Blassie, opened in 1983…Three sitcoms premiered: “13 Queens Blvd,” starring Eileen Brennan and Jerry Van Dyke, on ABC in 1979; “All is Forgiven” on NBC in 1982 (from James Burrows, Glen Charles and Les Charles — the creators of “Cheers”), and “The Charmings” on ABC in 1987…ABC aired sketch comedy special “Bizarre!,” hosted by “Family Feud’s” Richard Dawson. The network passed on “Bizarre!” as a series, but the production moved up north to Canada, found a new host (John Byner) and had a six-season run on Canada’s CTV. Showtime aired it in the United States…In part one of the two-part season one finale of CBS’ “Knots Landing” in 1980, Gary (Ted Shackelford) went on an alcoholic rampage to the dismay of his wife Val (Joan Van Ark)…Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1982…Two made-for television movies competed against each other in 1988: comedy “Hot Paint” with Gregory Harrison and John Larroquette on CBS; and a revival of “Inherit the Wind” on NBC with Jason Robards and Kirk Douglas… Madonna’s “Vogue” was released as a single in 1990. “Vogue” would later reach No. 1 in over 30 countries including the U.S….Two modern film classics opened in theaters: “Basic Instinct,” starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone in 1992, and “Wild Things,” starring Neve Campbell (“Party of Five”), Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon and Bill Murray in 1998…Janice Pennington was awarded $1.3 million in 1992 for injuries she sustained after an accident on game show “The Price is Right” on June 8, 1988…Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of killing their parents in 1996.
Celebrity Birthdays: “The Dick Van Dyke Show” creator and co-star Carl Reiner is 98; Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”) is 89; Oscar winner William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”) is 70; director Spike Lee is 63; Oscar winner Holly Hunter (“The Piano”) is 62; model Kathy Ireland is 57; Liza Snyder (“Yes, Dear”) is 52; Michael Rapaport (“Boston Public”) is 50; Cedric Yarborough (“Speechless”, “Carol’s Second Act”) is 47; Mikey Day (“Saturday Night Live”) is 40; Ruby Rose (“Batwoman”) is 44.
-Did You Know?:
The original version of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was called “Man of the House,” with Carl Reiner as Rob Petrie who was employed as a writer for a comedy show modeled after Reiner’s experience working with Sid Caesar. Laura Petrie was played by Barbara Britton, Buddy Sorrell by Morty Gunty, Sally Rogers by Sylvia Miles and Richie Petrie by Gary Morgan. After CBS passed on “Man of the House,” a new re-titled version was to star either Johnny Carson or Dick Van Dyke. Carson was a game show host at the time and Van Dyke was starring in Broadway musical, “Bye Bye Birdie.”
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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Amazon Orders “The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence” Limited Series
Amazon has greenlit a limited series called “The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence” based on a story for New York magazine written by Ezra Marcus and James D. Walsh. The article told the story of a group of young women and men attending the prestigious liberal arts college of Sarah Lawrence who found themselves in the orbit of a charming but manipulative father of one of their classmates, Larry Ray. Last month, Ray was indicted by federal prosecutors for sex trafficking, extortion, conspiracy and other charges.
Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) will direct. Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Television co-presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold will executive produce, as will Scoop Wasserstein on behalf of New York magazine and Vox Media Studios.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The new season of original comedy “In the Cut” will be on Bounce TV on Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The series revolves around Jay Weaver (Dorien Wilson, “The Parkers”) who must adjust to married life with Cheryl (Kellita Smith, “The Bernie Mac Show”), all while running a barbershop and beauty salon together. This season, the pair – along with Jay’s son Kenny (Ken Lawson, The Parkers) and their friends Smitty (John Marshall Jones, Rectify), Mabel (Laura Hayes, Meet The Browns) and Percy (Dorion Renaud) – must contend with their biggest challenges yet – including convincing the city not to demolish the business to pave the way for a new freeway.
Season two of animated “Harley Quinn” will be available for streaming on DC Universe on Friday, April 3rd. The new season offers a glimpse into Harley’s wild adventures and also introduces iconic DC characters Catwoman (Sanaa Lathan) and Mr. Freeze (Alfred Molina).
NBC will air “The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina,“ hosted by John O’Hurley and American Kennel Club-licensed judge and analyst David Frei, on Sunday, April 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The fourth annual broadcast combines the star power of Hollywood with the competitive canine world to celebrate man’s best friend.
“Biography: Dolly” will premiere on A&E on Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m. ET. The two-hour documentary traces Dolly Parton’s journey from her childhood spent in poverty and early days in Nashville to her multiple hit songs and recent 50th anniversary celebration at The Grand Ole Opry. Reflecting on the acute social commentary and personal stories within her lyrics, the documentary examines hit songs including “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” and “I Will Always Love You.” Featured will be interviews with Lily Tomlin, Chris Stapleton, Jane Fonda, Kylie Minogue and other friends and fellow musicians.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Disney Insider” on Disney+; “The English Game,” “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker” and “The Letter for the King of Netflix”…Season premieres: “The Blacklist” on NBC; “Dino Girl Gauko” and “Elite” on Netflix…Season finales: “Diary of a Future President” on Disney+; “Marvel’s Hero Project” on Disney+; “Gabby Duran & the Unsittables” on Disney Channel’ “Love After Lockup” on WEtv…For the listing of available programs for Friday, March 20, click here