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First Look: 'Star Trek: Prodigy' Main Title Sequence

Written by 31 August, 2021

Watch the main title sequence for the upcoming all-new animated kids' series Star Trek: Prodigy, featuring a theme scored by Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino which debuted during Paramount+’s virtual Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation.

Developed by Emmy Award-winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters and Ninjago) the CG-animated series STAR TREK: PRODIGY is the first “Star Trek” series aimed at younger audiences and will follow a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek Franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.

Last modified on Tuesday, 31 August 2021 13:46

New On Streaming: The Week Of 08/30/2021

Written by 30 August, 2021

Here is a rundown of all the new titles coming to the world of streaming television for the week of Monday, August 30th, 2021:

MONDAY, AUGUST 30TH, 2021:
My Life Is Murder Season Two Premiere (Acorn TV)
Retired detective Alexa Crowe (Lucy Lawless) has moved from Australia back to her native New Zealand. But she still is unable to resist helping local police solve a murder: in this case a very bizarre one. She's joined by her partner-in-crime-solving, Madison Feliciano (Ebony Vagulans), as well as new cast that includes
the charismatic detective Harry, Rawiri Jobe (The Brokenwood Mysteries), and café owner Reuben, Joe Naufahu (Game of Thrones).

Prisoner Of Love (Discovery+)
Sure, it's not easy to find love. But it's especially difficult if you're serving time in prison. This series features prison matchmaker, Chelsea Holmes, who runs a program that connects singles looking for love with people in prison. 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 31ST, 2021:
Only Murders In The Building Series Premiere (Hulu)

Sparking Joy Series Premiere (Netflix)
Marie shows us how the fundamentals of her method can affect our businesses, relationships and communities. The impacts of tidying are surprising, emotional and transformative in the lives of the people Marie meets. Throughout the process, viewers will also step into Marie’s own home, meet her family, and get a glimpse into how she sparks joy in her daily life.

Untold: Crime & Penalties (Netflix)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2021:
Dug Days Series Premiere (Disney+)
This series of shorts follows the humorous misadventures of Dug, the lovable dog from Disney and Pixar’s Up. Each short features everyday events that occur in Dug's backyard, all through the exciting (and slightly distorted) eyes of our favorite talking dog. 

How To Be A Cowboy Series Premiere (Netflix)
Dale Brisby uses social media savvy and rodeo skills to keep cowboy traditions alive — and now he's teaching the world how to cowboy right, ol' son.

Letters To Juliet (Netflix)

Turning Point: 9/11 And The War On Terror Series Premiere (Netflix)
This unflinching series documents the 9/11 terrorist attacks, from al-Qaida's roots in the 1980s to America's forceful response, both at home and abroad.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2021:
Adventure Time: Distant Lands - Wizard City (HBO Max)

Afterlife Of The Party (Netflix)
Cassie lives to party... until she dies in a freak accident. Now this social butterfly needs to right her wrongs on Earth if she wants to earn her wings.

A.P. Bio Season Four Premiere (Peacock)
When disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school advanced placement biology teacher. As he comes crashing into Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear that he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a roomful of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids’ brainpower for his own benefit. Over time, his students help him realize his dream job might actually be the one he has right now. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin.

Craig Ross Jr.'s Monogamy (ALLBLK)

Hotel Del Luna Series Premiere (Netflix)
Located in the middle of Seoul, Hotel del Luna is the eponymous hotel that caters only to ghosts; the beautiful but ill-tempered CEO is cursed to manage the hotel due to a terrible crime she committed, but cannot remember.

Q-Force Series Premiere (Netflix)
Agent Steve Maryweather was once the Golden Boy of the American Intelligence Agency, until he came out as gay. Unable to fire him, they sent him off into obscurity. Instead, he assembled LGBTQ+ squad of misfits - together they're Q-Force.

Trolls Trolltopia (Hulu/Peacock)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2021:
Cinderella (Amazon)
Cinderella is a modern movie musical with a bold take on the classic fairytale. Our ambitious heroine (Camila Cabello) has big dreams and with the hwlp of her fab Godmother, she perseveres to make them come true.

Dive Club (Netflix)
On the shores of Cape Mercy, a skillful group of teen divers investigate a series of secrets and signs after one of their own mysteriously goes missing.

Doctor's Orders (Discovery+)
In the outlaw world of the Pagan’s motorcycle gang, a club tattoo is meant to be a symbol of undying loyalty. But now, Andrew Glick’s tattoo symbolizes a bitter betrayal and failed dreams, and serves as a constant reminder of how he snitched on his “brother” for his own freedom. Over the buzz of a tattoo artist concealing Andrew’s “Pagan’s Motorcycle Club” branding, Andrew explains every dark detail that led to the 2012 murder of local New Jersey radio host April Kauffman. 

Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles (Disney+)

Money Heist Season Five Chapter One Premiere (Netflix)
The gang has been in the Bank of Spain for over 100 hours and the Professor is at risk. To make matters worse, a new adversary is coming: the army.

Sharkdog (Netflix)
Half shark, half dog with a big heart and a belly full of fish sticks! Together, Sharkdog and his human pal Max can take on any silly or messy adventure.

The D'Amelio Show Series Premiere (Hulu)

The J Team (Paramount+)

Worth (Netflix)
An attorney learns a lesson in empathy when he is faced with the near-impossible task of determining how to compensate families who suffered incalculable losses as a result of the September 11th attacks in 2001. Based on true events.






Last modified on Monday, 30 August 2021 22:21

First Look: 'Dexter: New Blood'

Written by 25 July, 2021

Starring multiple Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall as America’s favorite serial killer Dexter Morgan, the special event series Dexter: New Blood will premiere Sunday, November 7th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

Set 10 years after Dexter went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, the series finds him living under an assumed name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. Dexter may be embracing his new life, but in the wake of unexpected events in this close-knit community, his Dark Passenger beckons. Joining Hall, the cast also includes Julia Jones (The Mandalorian), Alano Miller (Sylvie’s Love), Johnny Sequoyah (Believe), Jack Alcott (The Good Lord Bird) and Clancy Brown (The Crown, Billions). Reuniting Hall with original series showrunner Clyde Phillips, DEXTER: NEW BLOOD is currently in production on 10 one-hour episodes in Western Massachusetts. Starring Michael C. Hall.

Last modified on Monday, 30 August 2021 12:56

30 Years Ago: Remembering The 1991/1992 Primetime TV Season

Written by 01 September, 2021

The 1991/1992 broadcast TV primetime schedule was a lot about transition. After NBC had dominated the latter part of the 1980s, the network was struggling to replace aging hits. In the 1990/1991 season, NBC finished the year with five shows in the Nielsen Top Ten. It had one show in the Top Ten the following year. NBC had lost the long-running shows Amen and Hunter at the end of the previous season. But by the end of the 1991/1992 season, the network would see the end of The Cosby Show, Dear John, The Golden Girls and Night Court. Plus, Matlock would move to ABC and In The Heat Of The Night to CBS. It was going to be a very tough year.

But if NBC was hitting a lean streak, rival ABC was building an impressive lineup. It's Tuesday night block of four comedies - Full House, Home Improvement, Roseanne & Coach - all finished the year in the Top Ten. Sunday's combo of America's Funniest Home Videos and America's Funniest People were both doing well and although the network didn't realize it at the time, the new addition of Step By Step to its TGIF lineup was going to give a boost to that aging programming block. ABC had lost some important shows after the previous season: China Beach, Father Dowling Mysteries, Head of The Class, thirtysomething and Twin Peaks. But it would add Home Improvement, Homefront, Step By Step and The Commish. Three of those four shows would become cornerstones of the network in the following years.

As for CBS, while it was doing well with its existing shows, its new program development efforts were a disaster. The only new series to really work from the 1990/1991 season was the Burt Reynolds comedy Evening Shade, which was enough of a success to boost an already strong Monday night lineup of comedies, While it didn't crack the Top 30 in its first year, it finished #15 for the 1991/1992 season, followed by Major Dad (#9), Murphy Brown (#3) and Designing Women (#6). For the 1990/1991 season, CBS debuted 17 shows and only two lasted more than one season: Evening Shade and the Sharon Gless as a public defender series The Trials Of Rosie O'Neill, which managed to eek out a second season. The 1991/1992 season wouldn't end any better for CBS. It would premiere 20 new series and none of them could be considered a success. The critically acclaimed Brooklyn Bridge aired for two seasons and the summer series Bodies of Evidence technically aired a second season, even though each "season" was only eight episodes. Even worse, CBS had the Winter Olympics during the 1991/1992 season and the two shows that received the most PR push from the network - Fish Police and Scorch - were each gone after six episodes.

Then there was upstart Fox, which was...well, Fox. The network didn't have a single show in the Top 30 during the 1990/1991 season and that didn't change for the 1991/1992 season. But it added Beverly Hills 90210 during the 1990/1991 season and the following season added Herman's Head and Roc (which would both run three seasons). The network wasn't cranking out huge hits yet, but it was building. The following season would bring the premiere of Martin and The Simpsons would enter the Top 30 for the first time.

AllYourScreens is going to spend this September highlighting the hits and misses of the 1991/1992 primetime season. We will especially be focusing on highlighting as many of the 66 new shows that premiered between September 1st, 1991 and August 31, 1992. There will be some exclusive interviews, features about the trends that season, profiles of most of the shows as well as some news stories from that season that you might not have heard before. Like the charges of plagiarism against an upcoming Dick Wolf-produced cop drama that threatened the future of the proposed series Homicide: Life On The Street. Or the TV movie that Dolly Parton hoped would become a TV franchise. And then there was the short-lived series Vinny & Bobby, which was notable because it featured Matt LeBlanc playing the same character in the second of two unsuccessful attempts to launch a spin-off of Married With Children. And I haven't even mentioned Darren Starr's attempt at doing a TV spinoff of a hit movie.

There will be at least one new story each day and the best way to keep track of them all is to follow me on Twitter at @aysrick or subscribe to my free daily newsletter.

And if you were working in television during the 1991/1992 television season, I'd love to hear from you. It's been a challenge to find people working in television who are still alive and willing to talk about work they did a generation ago. You can reach me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Last modified on Thursday, 02 September 2021 02:59

First Look: 'Kin'

Written by 24 August, 2021

Starring Charlie Cox (Daredevil, Boardwalk Empire), Clare Dunne (Herself), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones, The Terror)Kin charts the lives of the Kinsellas, a small but tight-knit crime family embroiled in a war against a powerful drug kingpin, Eamon Cunningham (Hinds).

A boy is killed and his family embark on a gangland war with an international cartel – a war that is impossible to win. It’s David and Goliath. Out-numbered, out-financed and out-gunned, the Kinsellas find themselves holed up in their Dublin stronghold while their businesses fail, and family members and associates are picked off. But they have something the cartel does not: the unbreakable bonds of blood and family. Kin is a world where gangsters are treated like reality stars, with nicknames and celebrity status, where assassins dress up as women, and drug dealers keep exotic pets in their den. A world of drugs and guns and murder and loyalty and family and men…and a woman. 

From the producers of Judas and the Black Messiah and Fences, Kin stars a stellar Irish and international cast led by Cox as Michael Kinsella, Gillen as Frank Kinsella, Hinds as Eamon Cunningham, Dunne as Amanda Kinsella, Sam Keeley (The Cured) as Eric “Viking” Kinsella, Emmett J. Scanlan (Peaky Blinders) as Jimmy Kinsella, Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan BlackOutlander) as Bridget “Birdy” Goggins, Hannah Adeogun (Women on the Verge) as Anna Areoye and newcomer Yasmin Seky as Nikita Murphy. Shot in Dublin, the eight-part drama series is set against a stunning Ireland backdrop.

Peter McKenna (The Last KingdomRed Rock) serves as showrunner/executive producer, writer, and co-creator, alongside Ciarán Donnelly (Altered CarbonVikings) who also serves as co-creator.

Kin premieres September 9th, 2021 on AMC+.

Last modified on Tuesday, 24 August 2021 12:44

MSNBC's Perplexing Lack Of A Primetime Anchor Farm Team

Written by 23 August, 2021

News broke over the weekend that cable news network MSNBC has come to an agreement with its lead talent Rachel MaddowReporting suggests that the deal will eventually result in Maddow cutting back on her schedule, although it's not clear if that means she'll adopt a late-era Johnny Carson schedule of more vacations and shorter work weeks or if she'll transition to a weekly show. But regardless, it's clear that by this time next year, what we know as The Rachel Maddow Show likely won't exist in its present form.

Which is a huge problem for the news channel, given that Maddow is by far the network's most-watched talent. And casting a wider net, her show is unlike any other cable news show on the air right now. She and her staff spend most of their days working on the show's "A Block," which is a sprawling opening segment that can last more than 20 minutes without a commercial break. The segments tend to be tied to the top story of the day, but her presentation is part history lesson and part Paul Harvey's "Rest Of The Story." She brings context and unexpected details to even the most overreported issue. It's not unlike writing a novella five days a week and it's a primary reason why Maddow is reportedly getting burned out by the process.

But the rest of her show is also unique in the world of cable news. She doesn't interview pundits and rarely speaks with MSNBC contributors who aren't legal or historical experts in their right. In fact, a number of those people now working for MSNBC as contributors were first exposed to the network on her show. The Rachel Maddow Show flaunts every convention of cable news in general as well as MSNBC's approach during the rest of its schedule. And given her success, I remain perplexed that MSNBC hasn't made more of an effort to develop talent that is complementary to her work.

I've been reporting on MSNBC for decades, since I wrote a number of pieces recounting the reasons behind Phil Donahue's exit from the network back in 2003. And if there has been one constant through the years, it has been the tension between the management at NBC News and MSNBC. NBCU and NBC News have always seen its primetime schedule as a necessary evil. It's what they believe might bring viewers to the network. But they also believe that will keep them is the rest of the day's reliance on good old traditional journalism. So much of the talent and show-building efforts at MSNBC have centered around veteran NBC talent such as Chuck Todd and Andrew Mitchell, along with "newer" talent such as Katy Tur. The network's management did realize that it needed younger, more diverse anchors. Especially those with ties to the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party. 

So when it was time to add new fill-in MSNBC anchors, or build-out the original news coverage on NBC's streaming service Peacock, executives primarily hired diverse voices and then had them produce shows that are slightly more millennial versions of Meet The Press. When you look at the shows in Peacock's "The Choice FROM MSNBC" tab, while the anchors represent a wider variety of points of view than you might find on the MSNBC mothership, the presentation is disappointingly familiar.  I suppose it's a great training ground, since anchors such as Zerlina Maxwell, Joshua Johnson and Medhi Hassan have become frequent guest anchors on MSNBC. But how does that help solve the problem with MSNBC's primetime schedule?

On a side note, I'd love to hear someone at Peacock explain to me why there are only 5 days worth of any of their "The Choice" available for viewing? It's not a licensing problem, the shows are created in-house. It would seem to me that having an archive of these interviews would be useful. 

But getting back to my main point. Rachel Maddow is a singular talent. But there are also other singular talents out there to be discovered. And when they are discovered, they need to be put into an environment where their talent can be nurtured and they can develop their own individual voice. Rachel Maddow's first months on MSNBC were often cringy uncomfortable until she found her rhythm. Chris Hayes has taken years to way to the point where he is doing his own show in a way that is unique and valuable to the audience. I don't understand why MSNBC hasn't taken advantage of Peacock and used that streaming platform as a place for experimentation, instead of a graveyard for Deadline episode and clips from NBC News shows.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 24 August 2021 22:36

Broadcast TV Shows I'm Looking Forward To This Fall

Written by 24 August, 2021

After writing a bit about broadcast television PR efforts in yesterday's newsletter, I received a few questions from people asking about the upcoming fall season. In particular, which new shows I would recommend. 

That's a tougher question than you might think, because there are some shows that I haven't seen yet, or have only seen a sizzle reel. And if I've seen the pilot already, I can't talk about it yet due to embargoes. What I can say is that here are the shows I'm most looking forward to seeing, based on publicly available info:

The Big Leap (Fox)
This is one show I can talk about, since Fox screened it at the Austin TV Festival. It's a show-within-a-show about a group of wannabe dancers auditioning to be part of a reality TV series called "The Big Leap." The contestants who make it through the season will star in a production at the end that will hopefully make them stars. Scott Foley plays the appropriately slimy producer and any show with Piper Perabo is worth watching. But to be honest, what sold me on the show was the mostly unknown cast, who are delightful. Like an unsettling number of shows this fall, its based on a UK reality series. But the show it most reminds me of is Fox's late-lamented baseball series Pitch. While the two shows don't have much in common when it comes to the premise, the feel is very similar as the characters struggle to find the place they were meant to be.

Smallwood (CBS)
I am a big fan of multi-camera working class sitcoms, and based on the description, this new comedy sounds like it would be right in my sweet spot. Pete Holmes plays a Midwestern husband and dad who is laid off from his auto factory job. His solution is to try and make a living as a pro bowler, which honestly sounds like something I would do. Chi McBride - who plays the standard Chi McBride role better than anyone - is Archie, the owner of the local bowling alley. Working class comedies live or die on their authenticity and I'm optimistic about this show based on the fact that one of the EP's is Mark Gross, who worked on Mike & Molly as well as the under-appreciated The Man With A Plan

La Brea (NBC)
I know very little about this show than what NBC has shared in the logline:

"An epic adventure begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths. Those who fell in find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous primeval land, where they have no choice but to band together to survive. Meanwhile, the rest of the world desperately seeks to understand what happened. In the search for answers, one family torn apart by this disaster will have to unlock the secrets of this inexplicable event to find a way back to each other."

But I'm a sucker for high-concept adventure dramas, although if the past decade or so has taught audiences anything, it's too not get attached to complicated, non-procedural dramas on broadcast TV. (RIP everything from Flash Forward to Debris)

The Wonder Years (ABC)
I've seen the pilot and while I can't share any of my thoughts about it, I can state the same thing I thought before I had seen any footage. While I am generally not a fan of reboots, it's refreshing to see the studio going beyond just changing the cast from an all-white group to all black. They've reset the show to late 1960s-era Montgomery, Alabama, which opens up an entirely new world for the show to explore. Plus, if you're judging a show's potential by its cast, having Don Cheadle and Dule Hill is a very positive sign.

There are some other shows that sound promising, but I don't have enough information about at this point to decide whether or not they fall into the category of "shows I'm looking forward to seeing." I'll likely post an updated take on the upcoming broadcast television primetime season once I've seen more of the shows.

Last modified on Tuesday, 24 August 2021 10:43

First Look: 'Wu-Tang: An American Saga' Season Two

Written by 06 August, 2021

The Clan is disillusioned with life in the projects, and Bobby knows that success in the music industry could be their ticket to better lives. But getting the Clan members to drop everything for music isn’t easy. The resentment between Dennis, Sha, Power and Divine still runs deep, while the other Clan members struggle dealing with intercity life. This time around, Bobby is dedicated to authenticity and though he knows he can lead his crew through the challenges of the music business, the Clan’s fractures may prove too much to overcome.

Season two of Wu-Tang: An American Saga premieres September 8th on Hulu.

Last modified on Friday, 06 August 2021 20:07

First Look: 'Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is'

Written by 05 August, 2021

What is Marlon’s life-long fear? Exactly what you would expect: people with outie belly buttons. Marlon digs deeper to explore other fears as well, such as raising a daughter, dealing with a rebellious teenage son, and probably his greatest fear, the realization that his bad decisions are what tore his family apart. Marlon’s journey towards self-awareness can be encapsulated in the simple phrase… “You know what it is."   

Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is premieres Thursday, August 19th on HBO Max.

Last modified on Thursday, 05 August 2021 23:09

First Look: 'Mr. Corman'

Written by 02 August, 2021

Written, directed, produced by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mr. Corman follows the days and nights of Josh Corman, an artist at heart but not by trade. Things haven’t been going his way lately – his lifelong dream of a career in music didn't pan out and he finds himself teaching fifth grade at a school in the San Fernando Valley, his ex-fiancé Megan has moved out and his high school buddy has moved in. Aware that he still has a lot to be thankful for, Josh struggles nevertheless through universal feelings of anxiety, loneliness and self-doubt. Darkly funny, oddly beautiful and deeply heartfelt, this relatable comedy-drama speaks for our contemporary generation of 30-somethings – rich with good intentions, poor with student loans and working to become grown-ups sometime before they’re senior citizens.

In addition to Gordon-Levitt, Mr. Corman stars Arturo Castro, Debra Winger, Bobby Hall aka Logic, Alexander Jo, Juno Temple, Jamie Chung, Shannon Woodward and Hector Hernandez.

Mr. Corman premieres Friday, August 6th, 2021 on Apple TV+.

Last modified on Monday, 02 August 2021 22:25