Wednesday June 12, 2019

ABC rolls out its reboots of Press Your Luck and Card Sharks tonight, along with a new season of Match Game.

Alec Baldwin weighs in on this game show revival thing that’s happening. “No, I think that there’s such an incredible variety of programming these days, and some of those shows I love and watch are very dark, and very violent, and very traumatic. In a world where people want sweet and sour on the menu, game shows have enjoyed a resurgence. People just want to have some fun. They don’t want to stress too much about, ‘Which character’s head is the dragon going to bite off of in the next episode?’”

Fox premieres First Responders Live this evening.

The season premiere of Younger airs tonight on TV Land.

Netflix has renewed Russian Doll for a 2nd season.

The Oakland Raiders will be the featured team on this year’s Hard Knocks on HBO.

We need more Jon Stewart in our lives.

Broad City’s Iliana Glazer has landed her own stand-up special at Amazon, called The Planet Is Burning. It will shoot tonight in Houston, TX and premiere on Amazon later this year.

Two cast members have been booted out of the Summer House, Page Six has learned. The reality show — scourge of the Hamptons’ upper crust — is getting ready to film Season 4 of the revelry out East. But we hear that Danielle Olivera and Jordan Verroi won’t be bunking with the rest of the crew. ‘They will still be on, but they won’t be back living in the house,’ said a source close to the Bravo show. Olivera joined in the second season, and Verroi pitched up in the third.”

Check out the top 10 television broadcasts for last week and tell me if you see a pattern:

ABC: NBA Finals 4.7/22
ABC: NBA Finals 4.3/23
NBC: NHL Stanley Cup Finals 2.0/10
NBC: America’s Got Talent 1.7/9
NBC: NHL Stanley Cup Finals 1.7/9
ABC: The Bachelorette 1.5/7
NBC: Stanley Cup Finals 1.5/6
ABC: NBA Countdown 1.2/8
ABC: NBA Countdown 1.2/9
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud 1.0/5
ABC: The $100,000 Pyramid 1.0/5

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Facebook Watch has announced its programming slate for summer and fall and set premiere dates, including the new toon comedy Human Discoveriesfeaturing Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick, and Limetown, the podcast-turned-series starring Jessica Biel

“Also among the four new series and five returning shows getting dates are the Elizabeth Olsen dark comedy Sorry for Your Loss and the Kerry Washington-led drama Five Points, both of which will be their second seasons. See the full list of premieres below.

“Facebook Watch boasts 720 million monthly and 140 million daily users who spend at least a minute on the video platform, spending 26-plus minutes on average. It said last month that MTV’sThe Real World, its reboot of the seminal reality series, will bow in June 13.

“Here are the new premiere dates for Facebook Watch series through mid-October:

July 16
Human Discoveries (series premiere)

August 5
Five Points (Season 2)

August 11
Curse of Akakor (series premiere)

August 18
Ball in the Family (Season 5)

August 20
Huda Boss (Season 2)

October 1
Sorry for Your Loss (Season 2)

October 11
The Birch (series premiere)

October 16
Limetown (series premiere)”

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Per Deadline, “Spectrum Originals and Paramount Network have finalized a 10-episode series order and set the lead cast for Paradise Lost (working title, fka Heaven Of Hell), a Southern Gothic mystery series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

“Josh Hartnett (Penny Dreadful) will play the male lead and Bridget Regan (Jane the Virgin, The Last Ship) is set the female lead in the series, which will co-star Barbara Hershey (Once Upon a Time), Nick Nolte (Gracepoint, Graves),Gail Bean (Snowfall), Danielle Deadwyler (Gifted) and Shane McRae (Sneaky Pete).

“Created and written by Rodes Fishburne (Blood & Oil), Paradise Lost is about a psychiatrist (Regan) who moves with her family from California to her husband’s (Hartnett) hometown in Mississippi only to uncover shameful secrets that irrevocably change the lives of everyone involved.

“Fishburne will executive produce and co-showrun. Arika Lisanne Mittman (Dexter) also serves as writer and executive producer/co-showrunner, The pilot episode will be directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) who executive produces alongside David Kanter, Jeff Okin and Romeo Tirone. Production is slated to begin shortly in Baton Rouge.

Paradise Lost comes out of the content partnerships between Spectrum parent Charter Communications and Paramount Network and Paramount Television parent Viacom.

“‘Paradise Lost is a complex, compelling series full of incredible characters, including the small town in Mississippi where it is set,’ said Keith Cox, President, Development and Production, Paramount Network and TV Land. ‘We’re excited to see John Lee Hancock bring this incredible world to life, building on the vision that Rodes Fishburne and Arika Lisanne Mittman have so vividly created.’

Paradise Lost fits into Paramount Network’s programming strategy for cinematic series with great storytelling and complex, nuanced characters where the setting is almost a prime character, as laid out recently by Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, Paramount Network, and TV Land.”

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Jude Law is set to star in HBO and Sky's six-part limited series The Third Day. 

“Set on a mysterious island off the coast of Britain, The Third Day tells the story of Sam (Law) who encounters the island's secretive inhabitants and their strange rituals. Fantasy and reality began to blur for Sam, triggering past traumas, and brings him into conflict with the islanders. 

“The project is produced in partnership with Dennis Kelly (UtopiaPulling), Plan B Entertainment and immersive theater company Punchdrunk International. The series will be directed by BAFTA-winner Marc Munden (National TreasureUtopia) and will be produced by Adrian Sturges (ChimericaThe Enfield Haunting). Kit de Waal and Dean O’Loughlin are also writers for the series.

The Third Day will shoot in the U.K. in July and will air next year on Sky Atlantic in Europe and HBO in North America. 

:The drama is the latest original collaboration between HBO and Sky and comes as both companies bask in the global critical success of Chernobyl. Coming up from HBO and Sky is period drama Catherine the Great, starring Oscar-winner Helen Mirren. Other upcoming Sky originals include Temple, starring Mark Strong, and comedy Brassic, written by and starring Joe Gilgun and Michelle Keegan, as well as a second series of In the Long Run, created by and starring Idris Elba.

The Third Day will be the first original to come from Sky's new production house Sky Studios.”

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From The Ringer: “Season 2 of Big Little Lies starts off in unfamiliar territory. The villain has been vanquished; the Monterey Five—Madeline Mackenzie, Celeste Wright, Jane Chapman, Renata Klein, and Bonnie Carlson—are all getting along; there has been no Amabella-adjacent drama. It is almost as if everything has been resolved, as if the show was supposed to be a miniseries [winks]. But since it’s not, the new season must find new conflict and new enemies for the main protagonists to face. Meryl Streep’s Mary Louise, the mother of the late Perry Wright, is an obvious fill-in in this regard, as is the overwhelming guilt hanging over much of the Monterey Five. But there is another figure looming, a character who, up until this point, has remained in the (extremely literal) shadows ...

“Detective Adrienne Quinlan is introduced in the first few minutes of Season 1, as she stalks up to the scene of the crime on Trivia Night with her partner. She then appears throughout the season, questioning characters about a mysterious death and the politics of Otter Bay and staring at people threateningly through a one-way mirror. And most memorably, Quinlan appears in the final moments of the Season 1 finale, peering through binoculars at the Monterey Five as they frolic on the beach. In Season 2, she still hasn’t given up; according to Renata’s gossip grapevine, the case is basically resolved but notably not closed. Though that hasn’t exactly stopped Quinlan from creeping and, presumably, obsessively reviewing the tapes of the Monterey Fives’ statements. But despite being correct in her suspicion that more happened on Trivia Night, Quinlan simply doesn’t have any proof to go on. Bonnie’s current crisis may provide her with a new lead before long, but for now Quinlan is just a detective with a nagging obsession that could be seen as debilitating.

“The more we see of Quinlan, the more questions I have: Why is she so invested in cracking what seems to be a basic case of self-defense? What does she have against well-lit environments? What is the nature of her relationship with Susie Burke from IBM? (Renata seems to know, but I need details.) And most importantly, what in the world is with that lighter?

“Is the clicking a nervous tic? Just a side effect of a stressful job and restless hands? Or is it something more sinister? Perhaps it’s a fixation device for hypnosis, like Catherine Keener’s spoon in Get Out. How does her poor partner feel? Isn’t he losing his mind over that constant clicking? Does he ever just burst out and yell, ‘Are you gonna actually use the fucking thing or not?!’

“The most frustrating thing at this point—aside from the sound of that lighter—is that we don’t have answers about any of this; her true motivations or the reasons behind her obsessions. Quinlan may have committed several crimes against fashion so far, and she may be one more lighter click away from permanent hatred on my part, but for now, she doesn’t seem particularly evil—just a little too committed to bringing our favorite ladies to justice. But Season 2 is still young, and how Quinlan and Mary Louise will factor into things is still yet to be seen. The most we can say is that neither will make life easier for the Monterey Five. As Season 2 ramps up, I look forward to seeing Quinlan face off against Mackenzie and the rest. In the meantime, will someone please get her a Juul?”