Wednesday, April 22
Game show “Whew,“ hosted by Tom Kennedy, launched on CBS in daytime in 1979. It ran for one year…In 1985, the Coca-Cola introduced “The New Coke,” which was the first formula change in 99 years. It was renamed “Coke II” in 1992, and then faded into the soft drink sunset…The pilot episode of the long-running beach-themed drama “Baywatch” debuted as a TV movie on NBC in 1989…Also in 1989, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last regular season game in the NBA… Canadian TV movie “Due South,” which introduced the four season comical detective drama, aired on CBS in 1994… Theatrical “Election,” starring Reese Witherspoon, opened in theaters in 1999…The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com in 2005…The iTunes Tunes Music Store reached 1 billion applications downloaded. in 2009
Song Debuts: Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way” in 1977; “Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners in 1983; and Whitney Houston’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” in 1988.
Celebrity Birthdays: William Shakespeare was born in 1564. He passed on this same date in 1616… Actor David Birney (“St. Elsewhere,” “Serpico”) is 81; Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Fall Guy”) is 81; actress Blair Brown (“The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”) is 73; “Three’s Company” star Joyce DeWitt is 71; documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is 66; actress Judy Davis is 65; “One Day at a Time” and “Hot in Cleveland” star Valerie Bertinelli is 60; comedian George Lopez is 59; Melina Kanakaredes (“Providence,” “CSI: NY”) is 53; Kal Penn (“Harold and Kumar”) is 43; (late night talk show host John Oliver is 43; wrestler John Cena is also 43.
-Did You Know?
In the fall of 1972, David Birney was featured opposite his then wife Meredith Baxter Birney in CBS sitcom “Bridget Loves Birney.” Despite a 5th place finish for the season (it aired out of “All in the Family”), the then controversial nature of the show (newlyweds Bridget and Bernie were of a mixed faith – she was Catholic; he was Jewish) resulted in its premature cancellation after one season…NBC axed “Baywatch” after just one season, but it lived on for another 10 seasons in first-run syndication. In the fall of 1999, it officially became “Baywatch Hawaii.” The spin-off “Baywatch Nights” aired from 1995 to 1997.
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NEW SERIES ORDERS
Netflix Greenlights Korean Original Drama “Hellbound”
Netflix will produce a new Korean original series “Hellbound” (working title), based which will be directed by Yeon Sang-ho who’s best known for his box office hit Train to Busan. The logline: In “Hellbound,” supernatural beings appear out of nowhere to condemn people to hell. It doesn’t matter whether these events are a blessing or a curse: a new religious group is interpreting them all as the will of the divine. What unfolds through this predicament is an intense and highly-charged story about people who must survive under conditions of utter social chaos.
The story was originally published as a webtoon, titled “Hell or ??” in Korean.
Lifetime Orders “Dance Moms: Abby’s Virtual Dance Off”
Lifetime has greenlit competition series “Dance Moms: Virtual Dance Off,” which will feature dance instructor Abby Lee Miller inviting dancers from across the country to submit their best moves to see who has what it takes to be dubbed “The Abby Dancer.” Selected videos will then be shown in each episode, with Miller critiquing each self-submitted performance and ultimately Skyping with the winner to reveal whose routine earned her highest accolade.
Six West Media is producing the 12-episode series in association with Mother Media Group and No More Tears. It debuts this summer.
RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
HBO Renews “Westworld” for Season 4
“From the western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn from the minds of master storytellers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy,” noted Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. “We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.”
“Westworld” was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with Denise Thé, J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis, and Ben Stephenson.
Netflix has renewed reality series “Selling Sunset” for a second season, which follows the world of high-end real estate at the Oppenheim Group in Los Angeles, for a second season. The eight-episode half-hour series from Lionsgate Television and Done and Done Productions premieres globally May 22 on Netflix.
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Actress Shirley Knight Dies at 83
Shirley Knight, the three-time Emmy and one-time Emmy Award winning actress died on Wednesday of natural causes in San Marcos, Texas. She was 83.
Knight began her career in Hollywood in the late 1950s, and was nominated twice for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” (1960) and “Sweet Bird of Youth” (1960).In 1996, Knight received a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Indictment: The McMartin Trial.” Her films included “The Group” (1966), “The Dutchman” (1966), “Petulia” (1968), “The Rain People” (1969), “Juggernaut”(1974), “Endless Love”(1981), “As Good As It Gets” (1997), and “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” (2002).
On TV, Knight is remembered as Hope’s (Mel Harris) mother on ABC’s “thirtysomething,” which resulted in one of her three Emmy wins. And she guest-starred in TV series like “Hawaiian Eye,” “The Fugitive,” “The Invaders,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Cybill,” “ER,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Hot in Cleveland.” In the 1998-99 season, she co-starred in short-live sitcom “Maggie Winters.”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Animated “Harley Quinn” will air on Syfy with back-to-back episodes for four consecutive Sundays beginning with 11 p.m.-1 a.m. ET on May 3. After this four episode launch, the series will air Sundays from 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET. The logline: The DC fan-favorite has finally left her ex-boyfriend, the Joker, and is trying to join the Legion of Doom with the help — or hindrance — of a whole cast of not-so super villains from all corners of Gotham City.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The reboot of NBC’s “Will & Grace” concludes on NBC out of the season-finale of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”…Also concluding for the season: “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC; “Great Food Truck Race” on Food; “The Dead File” on Travel; “Restoration Garage” on Motortrend…Season premieres: “For My Man” on TV One; “Growing Up Hip Hop” on WE…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, April 22, click here