NEW LOOK. NEW SEASON: SUPERMODEL TYRA BANKS TO HOST 2020 SEASON PREMIERE OF "DANCING WITH THE STARS" SEPT. 14 ON ABC.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
“Dancing with the Stars” is back and better than ever with a new, well-known and energetic cast of 15 celebrities who are ready to add some glitzy bling to their wardrobe and break in their dancing shoes. The competition begins with a two-hour season premiere, live, Sept 14 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts. The series, hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks, returns to the ballroom with a lineup of celebrities, including a GRAMMY® winner, a Bachelorette, a big-cat lover-turned-reality TV star and a pro-football legend, to name a few. The series averaged 9.1 million total viewers last season after 35 days of viewing across linear and digital platforms.
Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.
Throughout the first evening, the celebrity and pro duos will perform the time-honored dances that include the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive, Salsa or Tango.
For the show’s first broadcast of the season, there will not be a viewing audience vote, and only the judges will score the routines. Those scores will carry over and be combined with judges’ scores from week two, which also marks the first weekly live viewing audience vote of the season (via abc.com and SMS/text) and the first elimination. The live votes will occur each week only during the live broadcast in the EDT/CDT time zones (but fans in all U.S. time zones may vote within that window).
Moving forward with each subsequent episode, the live vote combined with the judges’ scores will be revealed during the broadcast.
Celebrities (Along With Dance Styles And Songs) Include The Following:
Head coach Monica Aldama (“Cheer”) dancing Foxtrot to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.
Animal activist Carole Baskin (“Tiger King”) dancing Paso to “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor.
Kaitlyn Bristowe (“The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette”) dancing Cha Cha to “Stupid Love” by Lady Gaga
Super Bowl Champion Vernon Davis dancing Foxtrot to “All of Me” by John Legend.
TV and film actress Anne Heche dancing Cha Cha to “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa.
Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson dancing Tango to “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj.
Actress Justina Machado (“One Day at a Time”) dancing Cha Cha to “Respect” by Aretha Franklin.
Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean dancing Jive to “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd.
Emmy Award-winning host of “The Real” and sideline correspondent on “Holey Moley,” Jeannie Mai dancing Salsa to “Tell It to My Heart” by Taylor Dayne.
TV and film actor Jesse Metcalfe dancing Quickstep to “Part Time Love” by Stevie Wonder.
GRAMMY-winning rapper Nelly dancing Salsa to “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly.
TV host Nev Schulman (“Catfish”) dancing Foxtrot to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra.
NBA superstar Charles Oakley (“The Last Dance”) dancing Salsa to “In Da Club” by 50 Cent.
Actress Chrishell Stause (“Selling Sunset”) dancing Tango to “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk.
Olympic figure skater and on-air commentator Johnny Weir dancing Cha Cha to “Buttons” by The Pussycat Dolls.
PROFESSIONAL DANCERS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and Britt Stewart.
Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli will be joined by Emmy Award winner and six-time Mirrorball champion Derek Hough at the judges desk. Meanwhile, in light of current circumstances, Len Goodman will be unable to judge this season live in the ballroom, though he will still be a part of the show in a different capacity sharing his ballroom expertise from the UK.
ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm. Andrew Llinares and Tyra Banks are executive producers.
Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from ABC publicity.
OTHER TV NEWS:
Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced the U.S. premiere of its original series, “Spides” will launch Sept. 17.
The series stars Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (“Game of Thrones”) as a young woman who wakes from a coma after taking a mysterious drug alongside Falk Hentschel (“Legends Of Tomorrow,” “Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’) and Florence Kasumba (“Avengers, Black Panther”) as local police detectives.
The series also stars Damian Hardung (“Name Of The Rose”), Désirée Nosbusch (“Bad Banks”), Susanne Wuest (“Perfume”) and Aleksandar Jovanovic (“Tatort” “Doctor Who”).
As one of the only AVODs continually adding original and exclusive programming that uplifts, entertains, and inspires audiences, Crackle adds “Spides” alongside original and exclusive titles that can only be found on Crackle, including “Corporate Animals,” “Blue Iguana,” “Anything is Possible”—"The Serge Ibaka Story,,” “Road to Race Day,” “On Point,” “Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters,” “The Clearing,” “Crown Vic, '85: The Greatest Team in Football History,” “Wonders of the Sea,” “Yelawolf: A Slumerican Life” and “Going From Broke,” recently picked up for a second season.
“Spides” is distributed in the United States by Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, and the supplier of exclusive and original content for Crackle Plus.
Set in modern-day Berlin, the eight-part series follows Nora (Sellers) who falls into a coma after taking an unknown drug and wakes with no memory of her previous life. Meanwhile, local police detectives David Leonhart (Hentschel) and Nique Navar (Kasumba) work to track down the drug in connection to dozens of missing teenagers. In Nora's quest to discover what happened to her, she uncovers a conspiracy of aliens who are using a synthetic drug to infiltrate humans to use as host bodies.
“Spides” was written by Rainer Matsutani, Eckhard Vollmar, Peter Hume, Carola Lowitz and Mark Wachholz, and produced by Katapult Filmproduktion and Red Sun Films along with co-producer Palatin Media. "I couldn't be more thrilled for “Spides” to have found its perfect home at Crackle," said executive producer and Palatin Media CEO Bernd Schlotterer. "I feel like their audience is the ideal fit for our event series."
"We are delighted to add “Spides” to Crackle's slate of original programming," said Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus. "Our audience loves the sci-fi genre and this thrilling series will not disappoint."
Crackle is available in the U.S. and can be accessed on 26 devices and services including Amazon FireTV, RokuTV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.
ABOUT CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY:
Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix and garners 50 million streams of its movies and TV shows per month, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has over 78,000 hours of content available across all its networks, and premieres at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns a majority stake in the company formed with Sony Pictures Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.
ABOUT SCREEN MEDIA VENTURES, LLC:
Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films for the US and Canada. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms.
The company acquires AVOD rights for third party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality tv series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit www.screenmedia.net.
ABOUT PALATIN MEDIA:
Palatin Media's activities include worldwide distribution, production of fiction and non-fiction programs, theatrical distribution as well as AVoD- & SVoD channels. Palatin Media was founded in Munich in 2011 by long term TMG-Managing Director+ shareholder Bernd Schlötterer. He owns a.o. stakes in the theatrical distributor Kinostar, Swiss Teleclub Programm AG, film & television production company Aventin, as well as in the AVoD/SVoD-platform Watch4 (Video Solutions). www.palatinmedia.com- Email: email@example.com.
ABC'S NEW SHOW "EMERGENCY CALL" AIRS SEPT. 28
this fall ABC will roll out its unscripted series "Emergency Call" on Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) .”
Hosted by actor Luke Wilson and produced by 8HOURS TELEVISION, "Emergency Call" is a daring, new hour-long show documenting the first few crucial minutes of emergencies told through the lens of America's heroic 911 call takers. The show will focus on the extreme, suspenseful and sometimes humorous stories that flood 911 call centers.
"Since I was a kid, I have always been interested in people who help. People who save people," said Luke Wilson. "When you're younger, you might be drawn toward superheroes or fictional characters, but as you get older you come to realize that people who help, real-life heroes, are just regular people who do extraordinary things. 911 call takers don't just save people; they calm and console people until they are safe. They are the first link in the chain of first responders. For that, I feel very lucky to be a part of this project."
"An estimated 240 million calls are made every year to 911 call centers across the country," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "While we often hear about some of these stories on the news, we rarely hear about the heroes that are the first point of contact and, at times, essential to saving a life. 'Emergency Call' shines a light on these mysterious and brave voices who are driven by their desire to help; and Luke Wilson is the consummate host, navigating us through these extraordinary situations which will have you on the edge of your seat."
"Emergency Call" is executive produced by Adeline Ramage Rooney and Jonny Slow (8HOURS TELEVISION), Grant Kahler (showrunner) and Luke Wilson. The show is produced by 8HOURS TELEVISION, based on an original format by De Chinezen and licensed by Lineup Industries.
ABOUT ABC ENTERTAINMENT:
ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including "Grey's Anatomy," the longest-running medical drama in primetime television; riveting dramas "The Good Doctor," "How to Get Away with Murder," "A Million Little Things" and "Station 19"; the Emmy Award-winning "Modern Family" and trailblazing comedy favorites "American Housewife," "black-ish," "Bless This Mess," "The Conners," "The Goldbergs," and "Schooled."
There's also the popular "Summer Fun & Games" programming block, including "Card Sharks," "Celebrity Family Feud," "Holey Moley" and "Press Your Luck"; star-making sensation "American Idol"; reality phenomenon "Shark Tank"; "The Bachelor" franchise; long-running hits "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Funniest Home Videos"; "General Hospital," which has aired for more than 55 years on the network; and late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"; as well as the critically acclaimed hit special "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons.'"
The network also boasts some of television's most prestigious awards shows, including "The Oscars(R)," "The CMA Awards" and the "American Music Awards." ABC programming can also be viewed on demand and on Hulu.
ABOUT 8HOURS TELEVISION:
8HOURS TELEVISION is an ambitious new independent production company founded in 2018 by award-winning veteran executive producer Adeline Ramage Rooney ("Masterchef," "Masterchef Junior," "Kitchen Nightmares," "Hotel Hell") and former Zodiak Americas CEO, Jonny Slow. Based in Los Angeles, the company is committed to telling extraordinary stories to domestic and international audiences through the development and production of high quality programming featuring brilliant people in fascinating worlds.
TIA MOWRY SIGNS THREE PICTURE DEAL WITH LIFETIME TO STAR/PRODUCE MOVIES FOR THE NETWORK'S "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFETIME" HOLIDAY SLATE:
Christmas came early. Lifetime is already making a list and checking it twice to build out its holiday programming slate for 2021 and beyond.
The network announced today a three-picture deal with Tia Mowry (“The Game,” “Instant Mom,” “Sister, Sister”) to star in and produce three holiday movies for Lifetime's “It's a Wonderful Lifetime” slate beginning next year, along with her production company and executive Tiegen Kosiak.
Mowry previously starred in two Lifetime holiday movies – “A Very Vintage Christmas” (2019) and “My Christmas Inn” (2018) -- both fan favorites that will also be featured during this year's holiday schedule.
"We are committed to fostering long-term relationships with beloved talent that our viewers connect with and are thrilled to have Tia jumping on our sleigh," said Tanya Lopez, EVP of Movies, Limited Series & Original Movie Acquisitions, Lifetime and LMN.
"Like our holiday movies, Tia is fun, spirited and relatable and we look forward to creating new holiday viewing traditions with her for years to come."
Mowry added, "I am excited to collaborate with Lifetime both in front of and behind the camera. Christmas is one my favorite times of the year and Lifetime Christmas movies have always encompassed that. I'm looking forward to taking my production company to a whole new level and being a part of the creative process from beginning to end."
Mowry has been a television mainstay for more than 20 years. She has appeared in over 400 hours of television, including 3 television series that have successfully gone into syndication. In addition to “A Very Vintage Christmas” and My Christmas Inn”--which in 2019 garnered more than 14.8 million total viewers--Mowry starred in the Lifetime romance “Double Wedding,” for which she received an NAACP Image Award nomination.
Mowry currently stars in the Netflix series Family Reunion.
This year's “It's a Wonderful Lifetime” programming event will officially kick-off October 23 and feature holiday-programming 7 days a week all the way to Christmas, in addition to 30 new holiday movie premieres.
Celebrating 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies and breakout non-fiction series and documentaries.
Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content.
Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.