What Men and Women Really Want (on TV)

What do men want? When it comes to television, the 2019 Beta Research Cable Subscriber Study showed the top ranked basic networks among men were ESPN (47%), History (42%), Discovery Channel (37%), Weather Channel (37%), TNT (37%), FX (36%) and ESPN2 (35%). (No surprise there).
And women? The top ranked networks among women were Food Network (36%), Weather Channel (35%), Lifetime Movies (33%), Discovery Channel (32%), FX (32%), TLC (32%) and AMC (32%). What? no HGTV?

Hogan’s Heroes Revisited

A sitcom about a jolly Nazi POW camp is the last sitcom I’d imagine would get a reboot, but sure enough, Hogan’s Heroes is being revived by original series co-creator Al Ruddy, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group and Rough Pictures. Get this: the new version will be an action adventure comedy set in present day, centered on the descendants of the original heroes who team up for a global treasure hunt. Hmmm…

Now NBC is Doing It

Following in the footsteps of CBS All Access, the digital, paid subscription arm of CBS, NBC has just unveiled plans for “Peacock,” the network’s own paid subscription channel that will air both classic and original programming, like a comedy starring Ed Helms, a weekly talk show hosted  by Amber Ruffin, and a drama called Dr. Death. They’ll also have a limited series about L.A. billboard diva Angelyne, which interests me.

There will also be reboots, including one of  Battlestar Galactica and a sequel to Saved By The Bell, with Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley coming back. In addition, there will be a new version of Punky Brewster.

And of course popular NBC series like Parks and Recreation,  The Office,  Cheers, Frasier, 30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Will & Grace and Married… With Children will also be available, plus movies including the Fast & Furious, Despicable Me and Bourne franchises.

Will you subscribe? More info here.

Wedding Dress Wipe Out

Here’s a good one for those of you ready to take the plunge. TLC is bringing “iconic” bridal fashion event The Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Challenge to TV. On September 30 at 10p, the network will air a special hosted by Paige Davis with celebrity judges Jeremiah Brent, Monte Durham and Zanna Roberts Rassi to crown a winner.

Dirtier John

Did you love Dirty John with Connie Britton and Eric Bana in a limited series based on the true story of the world’s worst boyfriend? I wasn’t a fan, but almost everyone else was. Now the show is back for Season 2, with Amanda Peet and Christian Slater starring in a story based one of the world’s worst divorces. Fab cast. It will air on the USA Network, but no word yet or when.

SONGLAND Gets a Second Verse

It’s obvious why my songwriter husband and I (James Mandell, the Sci-Fi Rock Guy) are so into the song writing competition show Songland, and it looks like we’re not alone. The show was renewed by NBC, after averaging a 1.1 rating among A18-49 and 5.1 million total viewers in  Nielsens so far this season.

And unlike other music competition shows, it actually produces hits and promotes the writers. Songland has produced six songs that reached a #1 ranking on the iTunes music chart. Let’s hear it for shows that promote the music, and not just the hosts!

More Righteous Gemstones

Have you seen HBO’s new comedy The Righteous Gemstones yet? If not, it’s a must binge. It’s about or a a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. It stars Danny McBride, John Goodman, Adam Devine and Walton Goggins, and has just been renewed for a second season, so if you get addicted, know that another fix is coming.
 

Halloween Programming Already? It’s Never Too Early on the Food Network

The Food Network and Cooking Channel are already getting into the Halloween spirit with 30 hours of programming through the end of the month. Already running are the seasonal Halloween Baking Championship on Mondays at 9:00 pm and Halloween Wars on Sundays also at 9:00 pm. Halloween Cake-Off airs Mondays at 10:00 pm. Then there’s Haunted Gingerbread Showdowns on Sundays at 10:00 pm.

The Cooking Channel also gets into the spooky action with  Freakshow Cakes airing Fridays at 11 pm.

GRACE AND FRANKIE Bow Out

Get ready to say goodbye to the award winning comedy Grace and Frankie. Netflix has just ordered a 16-episode seventh and final season of the show, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. 

Believe it or not, that will make it the longest running show on Netflix. “It’s thrilling and somehow fitting that our show about the challenges, as well as the beauty and dignity of aging, will be the oldest show on Netflix,” said co-creators and showrunners Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. The final season will premiere in January 2020.

 

Bye Bye Leslie Jones and More SNL Updates

Looks like Leslie Jones is going the way of so many great comedians who got their starts on Saturday Night live, and leaving the venerated sketch comedy show to work on other projects. She will instead focus on her upcoming feature film projects and a Netflix comedy special.

Meanwhile, Kate McKinnon will be back for the upcoming 45th season, which premieres September 28. Woody Harrelson will host for the fourth time. The following week, Phoebe Waller-Bridge will debut as host, with Taylor Swift coming on as musical guest. David Harbour, Kristen Stewart and Eddie Murphy will also host this season.

 

 

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