NBC RAISES THE CURTAIN ON FALL PREMIERE DATES AS BROADCAST’S #1 NETWORK LAUNCHES ITS 2019-20 SEASON
Television’s Most Stable Schedule Adds New Series “Bluff City Law,” “Perfect Harmony” and “Sunnyside” to an Unparalleled Lineup of Award-Winning Comedies, Compelling Dramas and Addictive Alternative Programming
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – June 17, 2019 – As it closes in on a sixth consecutive September-to-September win in the 18-49 demo, NBC has unveiled premiere dates for the 2019-20 season that features two innovative new Thursday comedies and an inspiring new Monday legal family drama starring TV icon Jimmy Smits.
The three freshman shows are novel additions to an incredibly stable lineup that includes the four-time Emmy Award-winning music competition series “The Voice,” cultural phenomenon “This Is Us,” first-year sensation “New Amsterdam,” a power-packed Wednesday lineup of “Chicago” dramas that each just delivered their most-watched seasons ever, and beloved Thursday comedy favorites “Superstore” and “The Good Place,” the latter of which is set to begin its victory lap in this, its final season.
Premiere dates for NBC’s new midseason series – dramas “Council of Dads,” “Lincoln” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” and comedies “Indebted” and “The Kenan Show” – will be announced later.
The #1 show in primetime, “Sunday Night Football,” kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 8:20 p.m. ET/PT when the Green Bay Packers head to Chicago to face the Bears.
On Saturday Oct. 5, “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” Returns from 9-10 p.m. followed by “Saturday Night Live” (encores) at 10 p.m.
Below is the premiere week schedule (new shows in CAPS):
MONDAY, SEPT. 23
8-10 p.m. – The Voice
10 p.m. – BLUFF CITY LAW
TUESDAY, SEPT. 24
8 p.m. – The Voice
9 p.m. – This Is Us
10 p.m. – New Amsterdam
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25
8 p.m. – Chicago Med
9 p.m. – Chicago Fire
10 p.m. – Chicago P.D.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 26
8 p.m. – Superstore
8:30 p.m. – PERFECT HARMONY
9 p.m. – The Good Place
9:30 p.m. – SUNNYSIDE
10 p.m. – Law & Order: SVU
FRIDAY, SEPT. 27
8 p.m. – Bluff City Law (repeat – one week only)
9-11 p.m. – Dateline NBC
FRIDAY, OCT. 4
8 p.m. – The Blacklist
“BLUFF CITY LAW”
Coming from a famous Memphis family known for taking on injustice, brilliant lawyer Sydney Strait used to work at her father Elijah’s celebrated law firm until their tumultuous relationship got in the way. After barely speaking to him for years, Sydney is suddenly thrust back into the family fold when her philanthropist mother passes away unexpectedly. In the wake of her loss, hoping to reconnect with the daughter he loves, Elijah asks Sydney to rejoin his ﬁrm. She agrees because despite her lingering resentment and distrust, she knows that working alongside her father is her best hope at changing the world … if they can ever get along.
The cast includes Jimmy Smits, Caitlin McGee, Scott Shepherd, Barry Sloane, Michael Luwoye, MaameYaa Boafo, Stony Blyden and Jayne Atkinson.
Dean Georgaris will write and executive produce. Michael Aguliar and David Janollari will executive produce.
“Bluff City Law” is produced by Universal Television in association with David Janollari Entertainment.
Bradley Whitford stars in this comedy about finding inspiration in the most unlikely places. When former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran unexpectedly stumbles into choir practice at a small-town church, he finds a group of singers that are out of tune in more ways than one. Despite the ultimate clash of sensibilities, Arthur and his newfound cohorts may just be the perfect mix of individuals to help each other reinvent and rediscover a little happiness, just when they all need it most.
The cast includes Bradley Whitford, Anna Camp, Tymberlee Hill, Rizwan Manji, Will Greenberg, Geno Segers and Spencer Allport.
Lesley Wake Webster will write and executive produce. Jason Winer will direct and executive produce. Bradley Whitford, Adam Anders and Jon Radler will executive produce.
“Perfect Harmony” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Small Dog Picture Company.
Garrett Modi was living the American Dream. As the youngest New York City Councilman ever, he was rubbing elbows with the political elite, attending star-studded parties and was the pride of Queens. But instead of spending his time in ofﬁce helping the people that got him elected, he lost his way amidst the power and glamour of politics. When his downward spiral got him busted for public intoxication (and downright stupidity), it was all caught on tape and ended his career. Now, Garrett’s crashing with his sister, Mallory, and wondering where it all went wrong. That is, until he’s hired by a diverse group of hopefuls who dream of becoming American citizens and believe he can help – giving him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption, as long as he remembers where he came from.
The cast includes Kal Penn, Diana Maria Riva, Joel Kim Booster, Kiran Deol, Poppy Liu, Moses Storm and Samba Schutte.
Kal Penn and Matt Murray will write and executive produce. Michael Schur will be supervising executive producer. David Miner and Dan Spilo will executive produce.
“Sunnyside” is produced by Universal Television in association with Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment.
DHX MEDIA AND MATTEL GREENLIGHT MORE POLLY POCKET WITH SEASON 2
Universal Kids picks up Seasons 1 & 2, to begin airing this summer
Halifax, NS – 13 June 2019 – DHX Media (or the “Company”) (TSX: DHX, NASDAQ: DHXM) and Mattel are pleased to announce that they have greenlit a 26-episode second season of Polly Pocket, the animated series based on Mattel’s original micro-scale doll brand. In addition, Universal Kids, part of NBCUniversal’s Entertainment and Lifestyle Group, has pocketed both seasons, and will begin airing season one in the U.S. this summer.
“This sale to Universal Kids builds on the big success we’ve seen from little Polly Pocket, with over twenty broadcasters and streamers worldwide picking up season one to date,” said Josh Scherba, President, DHX Media. “The series is introducing a new generation of kids around the world to this much-loved Mattel brand, and the creative teams at our Vancouver studio are excited to delight fans further with more magical adventures from Polly and her friends in season two.”
“Polly Pocket is an iconic heritage IP from Mattel that resonates with both kids and their parents,” said Fred Soulie, SVP Content Distribution and Business Development, Mattel. “The brand delivers strong results on shelf and on screens, and we are delighted with the reception from our best-in-class broadcast partners globally, which makes the greenlight of the second series very exciting.”
Other new Season 1 deals include Hulu (U.S.), Videotron (French Canada); Super RTL (Germany); and HBO Europe (Portugal). These add to previously announced broadcasters: DHX Television’s Family Channel and Family Jr (Canada); Sony Pictures Television’s POP channel (U.K.); RTL Telekids (Netherlands); Kidzone TV (Baltics); Lagardère’s Gulli and TiJi (France), Gulli AFRICA (22 African-French speaking countries) and Gulli Girl (Russia); teleTOON+ (Poland); AMC Minimax (Eastern Europe); vtmkzoom (Belgium); Canal Panda (Portugal); Turner (Italy, Middle East, Turkey and Greece); Star Channel (Greece); kidZ (Israel); SABC (South Africa); and Discovery Kids (Latin America).
In the new Polly Pocket series, Polly inherits a magic locket that gives her the power to shrink to four inches tall. Now equipped with Tiny Power, Polly leads her friends Shani and Lila on tiny adventures that lead to big fun! Season 2 brings a brand-new format (26 x 11’) where like Polly
herself, shorter stories are packed full of even BIGGER laughs as Polly takes Tiny Power and her newfound even tinier Micro Power to the next level. With her best friends at her side and Grandma Pocket in on their secret, there’s no dream too big, no adventure too small for Polly Pocket! Polly Pocket is produced at DHX Media’s Vancouver studio with Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls, Doc McStuffins) as story editor.
In 2018, Mattel relaunched Polly Pocket toys, featuring the original micro-scale size and compacts that made Polly a phenomenon in the 1990s. The beloved brand has sold more than 10 million compacts throughout the years, and the new product line nods to the brand’s heritage and surprise factor, while reflecting the updated look of the characters and animated series.
The creation of the Polly Pocket animated series is part of a co-development, production, distribution and licensing deal between DHX Media and Mattel Inc. for new original content inspired by celebrated Mattel properties. In addition to Polly Pocket, new animated series from the collaboration include Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Little People.
BRAVO’S “PROJECT RUNWAY” CROWNS SEBASTIAN GREY AS THIS SEASON’S WINNER
Network to Begin Production This Summer on Next Season
NEW YORK – June 14, 2019 – Bravo’s “Project Runway” announces Sebastian Grey the winner after an inspiring fashion showdown in last night’s season finale. In addition to winning the title of top designer, Sebastian won the largest cash prize in the show’s history, $250,000 furnished by Pilot’s FriXion Erasable Gel Ink Pen, a feature in ELLE, his own featured role in a Bluprint digital series, and $50,000 to put toward his own design studio, also courtesy of Bluprint. Sebastian is also the first-ever recipient of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) one-on-one mentorship, which will help give him all the tools and connections to create, grow, and sustain a business in fashion. Additionally, production for the next season of Bravo’s “Project Runway” will commence this summer in New York City.
The high-stakes season concluded with an exclusive runway show for industry insiders and influencers. The final three designers, Hester Sunshine, Garo Sparo, and Sebastian Grey, presented full runway shows of ten looks each in hopes of wowing their mentor, Christian Siriano, along with the judging panel: Karlie Kloss, Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell, Elaine Welteroth, and guest judge Diane Von Furstenberg. With a collection titled “Reminiscence” inspired by his life in Colombia, Sebastian dazzled the audience with his precision and creativity and was crowned winner.
“Project Runway” is produced by Magical Elves, Spyglass Media Group and Alfred Street Industries. Gaylen Gawlowski, Casey Kriley and Nan Straitserve as executive producers for Magical Elves. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serve as executive producers for Alfred Street Industries. Karlie Kloss, Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic also serve as executive producers. “Project Runway” is internationally distributed by Fremantle.
L.A.’S FINEST” PICKED UP FOR SECOND SEASON BY SPECTRUM ORIGINALS
Los Angeles (June 14, 2019) – Following a break-out premiere season, Spectrum Originals has greenlit a second season for their debut series, “L.A.’s Finest.” The announcement was made today by series stars and executive producers Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba at Opening Night of the 59th Monte Carlo Television Festival.
All thirteen episodes of the Sony Pictures Television-produced hit drama will be available to binge free and on-demand, exclusively to Spectrum’s subscribers when season one finales Monday, June 17. From the universe of the Jerry Bruckheimer “Bad Boys” franchise, “L.A.’s Finest” stars and is executive produced by Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba.
“We’re thrilled ‘L.A.’s Finest’ has resonated with our subscribers in such a major way. When I first saw the pilot – a show about two strong women learning to trust and support each other and still getting into plenty of trouble – I knew I’d follow them anywhere,” said Katherine Pope, head of Spectrum Originals. “Kudos to Gabrielle and Jessica, as stars and executive producers, along with creators Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis and everyone else involved, for helping us launch our first original series and making the decision to greenlight a second season incredibly easy.”
“We are overwhelmed by the audience’s response to LA’s Finest,” said SPT President, Jeff Frost. “Gabrielle and Jessica are brilliant together and our incredible showrunners Brandon Sonnier, Brandon Margolis and Pam Veasey did an amazing job of crafting an action-packed and riveting season one. We can’t wait to work again with this amazing team of prolific and talented executive producers and dive into the next chapter for Syd and Nancy.”
Season One followed Syd Burnett (Union), who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel and left her complicated past to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd was forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle was masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy became a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.
“L.A.’s Finest” is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and 2.0 Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television. Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba executive produce alongside the show’s creators Brandon Margolis (“The Blacklist”) and Brandon Sonnier (“The Blacklist”) as well as Jerry Bruckheimer (“Bad Boys”), Jonathan Littman (“CSI” franchise), KristieAnne Reed (“Lucifer”), Pam Veasey (“CSI:NY”), Doug Belgrad (“Peter Rabbit”), Jeff Gaspin (“To Tell the Truth”), Jeff Morrone (“Atomic Blonde”) and Anton Cropper (“Suits”), who also directed the pilot.
CBS ANNOUNCES FALL 2019-2020 PRIMETIME PREMIERE DATES
Network to Launch Five New Shows and 15 Returning Series During Premiere Week
Premiere Week Opens Monday, Sept. 23 with the Season Premiere of THE NEIGHBORHOOD at 8:00 PM, Leading into the Series Premieres of New Comedy BOB ♥ ABISHOLA at 8:30 PM and New Drama ALL RISE at 9:00 PM, Followed by Season Premiere of BULL at 10:00 PM
On Thursday, Sept. 26, Debuts Include the Return of YOUNG SHELDON at 8:00 PM, the Series Premiere of THE UNICORN at 8:30 PM, MOM at 9:00 PM, Patricia Heaton’s Return to CBS in the New Comedy CAROL’S SECOND ACT at 9:30 PM and the New Drama EVIL at 10:00 PM
CBS announced today the premiere dates for its 2019-2020 fall season that begins Monday, Sept. 23. CBS’ official premiere week will feature the strategic launch of five new shows on two nights (Monday and Thursday), and 15 returning series. Three returning series will launch the following week.
Monday, Sept. 23
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE NEIGHBORHOOD (2nd Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. BOB ♥ ABISHOLA (SERIES DEBUT)
9:00-10:00 p.m. ALL RISE (SERIES DEBUT)
10:00-11:00 p.m. BULL (4th Season Premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 24
8:00-9:00 p.m. NCIS (17th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. FBI (2nd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (6th Season Premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:30 p.m. SURVIVOR (90-Minute 39th Season Premiere)
9:30-11:00 p.m. BIG BROTHER (Live Season Finale)
Thursday, Sept. 26
8:00-8:30 p.m. YOUNG SHELDON (3rd Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. THE UNICORN (SERIES DEBUT)
9:00-9:30 p.m. MOM (7th Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. CAROL’S SECOND ACT (SERIES DEBUT)
10:00-11:00 p.m. EVIL (SERIES DEBUT)
Friday, Sept. 27
8:00-9:00 p.m. HAWAII FIVE-0 (10th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. MAGNUM P.I. (2nd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. BLUE BLOODS (10th Season Premiere)
Saturday, Sept. 28
8:00-10:00 p.m. CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 p.m. 48 HOURS (32nd Season Premiere)
Sunday, Sept. 29 (Football Doubleheader)
7:30-8:30 p.m. 60 MINUTES (52nd Season Premiere)
8:30-9:30 p.m. GOD FRIENDED ME (2nd Season Premiere)
9:30-10:30 p.m. NCIS: LOS ANGELES (11th Season Premiere)
8:00-9:00 p.m. SURVIVOR (Regular Time Period)
9:00-10:00 p.m. SEAL TEAM (3rd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. S.W.A.T. (3rd Season Premiere)
Sunday, Oct. 6
7:00-8:00 p.m. 60 MINUTES (Regular Time Period)
8:00-9:00 p.m. GOD FRIENDED ME (Regular Time Period)
9:00-10:00 p.m. NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Regular Time Period)
10:00-11:00 p.m. MADAM SECRETARY (6th Season Premiere)