Today in TV History 5/31

Today is Sunday, May 31, 2020

Today in
Television History

1962 – “Tell It To Groucho” aired for the last time on CBS.

1964 – The Dave Clark Five appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the first of 11 appearances.

1990 – The first episode of “Seinfeld” aired on NBC.

1992 – The final episode of “Night Court” aired on NBC.

1999 – VH1’s “Behind the Music” began airing nightly. The premiere show was “The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind the Music.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1960 – Johnny & the Hurricanes performed “Down Yonder” on American Bandstand.

1960 – Preston Epps performed “Bongo, Bongo, Bongo” on American Bandstand.

1963 – Brian Hyland performed “I’m Afraid to Go Home” on American Bandstand.

1969 – Dorsey Burnette appeared on American Bandstand.

1969 – Classics IV performed “The River is Wide” and “I’d Wait a Million Years” on American Bandstand.

1975 – Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes performed “I Wanna Dance wit’Choo” on American Bandstand.

1980 – Peter McIan performed “Solitaire” on American Bandstand.


DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE CHANNEL CAPTURE NASA LAUNCH OF SPACEX’S CREW DRAGONCAPSULE, FIRST CREWED ORBITAL SPACE MISSION IN THE U.S. IN NEARLY 9 YEARS(LOS ANGELES) –Discovery and Science Channel documented history in the making today at the NASA launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The event marks the first crewed space mission to be launched into orbit from U.S. soil since 2011. SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: AMERICA RETURNS TO SPACE, a multiplatform event, took viewers inside the launch, airing live across Discovery and Science Channel.

The multiplatform event featured some of the biggest names in entertainment with appearances by global superstar Katy Perry, TV and Internet personality Adam Savage, former NASA engineer and YouTube sensation Mark Rober and other surprise celebrity guests. It also included expert insight by former astronauts Mike Massimino and Karen Nyberg; active astronauts Jessica Meir and K. Megan McArthur and; NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as well as an interview with Astronaut Chris Cassidy from the International Space Station (ISS).

“Discovery and Science Channel have spent over a year documenting SpaceX’s race to become the first private company to launch American astronauts into space. Our live special offered both incredible access for the launch, and expert insight from SpaceX Founder and Chief Engineer Elon Musk and other leading aerospace professionals. In our two-hour documentary, we showed the unbelievable engineering and scientific feats achieved by SpaceX in making such an historic launch happen,” said Scott Lewers, Executive Vice President of Multiplatform Programming, Factual & Head of Content, Science.

The live multiplatform event took viewers along the mission to launch veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The mission, known as Demo-2, used a Falcon 9 rocket, also built by SpaceX, to propel it. Discovery and Science Channel coverage also featured commentary from astronauts, engineers and other special guests, as well as unprecedented coverage during launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

The live broadcast and accompanying two-hour documentary were made in partnership with The Washington Post and staff writer Christian Davenport, whose depth of experience allowed him to gain inside access to key players–including a rare in-depth interview with SpaceX Founder and Chief Engineer Elon Musk–and captured their incredible stories about this historic space achievement. Washington Post reporter and Peabody award-winning journalist Christian Davenport is one of the country’s leading chroniclers of the space industry. His background and experience will add keen insight to the day’s event, as a co-host of the live broadcast.

Davenport joined The Post in 2000 and was on a team that won a Peabody Award in 2010 for its work on veterans with traumatic brain injuries and has been on reporting teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize three times. He is the author of two books, “The Space Barons: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos” (2018) and “As You Were: To War and Back with the Black Hawk Battalion of the Virginia National Guard” (2009). He has also served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation.

TV personality Chris Jacobs hosted the special live from Los Angeles. Jacobs has a long history with Discovery network live events, reporting live on-the-ground for EXPEDITION UNKNOWN: EGYPT LIVE as well as serving as the digital host during Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk over the Grand Canyon in SKYWIRE LIVE and in Chicago for SKYSCRAPER LIVE. Jacobs was host for DISCOVERY LIVE: INTO THE BLUE HOLE, CHOPPER LIVE, GOLD RUSH LIVE and the live broadcast of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction for Velocity (now MotorTrend).In addition, he is the regular host for TLC’s LONG LOST FAMILY and serves as host of the popular automotive makeover show OVERHAULIN’ on MotorTrend.

Emmy Award-winning journalist David Kerley was part of the reporting team on the ground at Kennedy Space Center. Kerley has reported on aviation, railroads, the automobile industry and space for all ABC News broadcast and digital properties since 2004, including “World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” ABC News Radio and His work has been recognized with Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards as well as the prestigious Joan Barone award from the Capitol Hill Radio and Television Correspondents Association.

The networks also aired a special2-hour documentary NASA & SPACEX: JOURNEY TO THE FUTURE featuring exclusive access to the incredible journey leading up to this launch. The film crew was granted unprecedented access to NASA and to SpaceX headquarters –giving viewers a rare glimpse inside Launch Control and first-hand accounts from SpaceX Founder and Chief Engineer Elon Musk, Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. The documentary reveals the behind-the-scenes action with the teams of SpaceX engineers, NASA employees and scientists as they fulfill the SpaceX mission to “fly, test, and fix” their way to the ISS –with the goal of eventually flying to the moon and to Mars.

In addition to watching the launch on Discovery and Science Channels, viewers can stream it by downloading the Discovery GO app. Viewers can join the conversation on social media by usingthe hashtag#SpaceLaunchLIVE.Follow Discovery onFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates. You can also follow Science on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.

SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: AMERICA RETURNSTO SPACE is produced for Discovery Channel by Storied Media Group. Executive producers for Storied Media Group are Aaron Fishman, Todd Hoffman and Michael Miller. For Discovery Channel, Executive Producers are Wyatt Channell, Gretchen Eisele, Scott Lewersand Caroline Perez. To learn more, go, on Facebook at and on Twitter@Discovery.

About Discovery Channel Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please

About Science Channel Science Channel, a multi-media business unit of Discovery, the home of all things science around the clock, including series such as MYTHBUSTERS, OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE, WHAT ON EARTH?, HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS, UNEARTHED, and MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED. Science Channel’s programming also includes timely, expert-driven specials covering breaking science news and discoveries. Science Channel is the premiere TV, digital and social community for those with a passion for science, space, technology, archeology, and engineering, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Science Channel assets including: Science Channel television network, available in more than 63 million homes in the U.S; complimentary Video On Demand offering; SCI Go app allowing viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime; deep video, interactive storytelling and virtual reality; and conversations on Science Channel’s popular social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat via @ScienceChannel.

About Discovery Communications Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the leader in global entertainment reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers in more than 220 countries and territories. Discovery satisfies curiosity, entertains and inspires viewers with high-quality content through global brands, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and through the Discovery Digital Networks portfolio, including Seeker and Source Fed. Discovery owns Eurosport, the leading pan-regional sports entertainment destination across Europe and Asia-Pacific. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education. For more information, please

Apple Unveils First Look at New Original Comedy Series “Ted Lasso,” Starring Jason Sudeikis

Apple Unveils First Look at New Original Comedy Series “Ted Lasso,” Starring Jason Sudeikis
In the series, due on August 14, Sudeikis plays a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple unveils first look at new original comedy series “Ted Lasso,” starring Jason Sudeikis

“Ted Lasso” to debut globally August 14 as part of a star-studded original slate on Apple TV+

Apple today unveiled a first look at “Ted Lasso,” a new original comedy series from Jason Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence, that will premiere globally on Apple TV+, alongside a slate of acclaimed and award-winning original series and films, on Friday, August 14.

Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.

In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

“Ted Lasso” joins highly anticipated, soon-to-premiere Apple Original series including docuseries “Dear… ,” from Emmy and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler; “Little Voice,” a fresh, intensely romantic tale from the award-winning team of J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson; documentary film “Dads” from director Bryce Dallas Howard; “Greatness Code,” a new docuseries that spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world; as well as award-winning and hit original series now streaming on Apple TV+ including “Defending Jacob,” “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” and the Golden Globe-nominated and Critics Choice and SAG Award-winning series “The Morning Show”; as well as “Central Park” from Emmy Award winner Loren Bouchard alongside “Frozen” Grammy winner Josh Gad and Emmy winner Nora Smith.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.1 For more information, please visit

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Today in TV History 5/30

Today is Saturday, May 30, 2020

Today in
Television History

1975 – On “Midnight Special,” Joan Baez welcomed Kool & the Gang into the studio.

1980 – On “Midnight Special,” the Temptations hosted. The guests were Firefall and Robbie Dupree.

1981 – “Nightline” extended from four nights a week to five nights a week.

1996 – John Tesh hosted “Entertainment Tonight” for the last time.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 – Johnny Burnette performed “Big Big World” on American Bandstand.

1963 – Lesley Gore performed “It’s My Party” on American Bandstand.

1964 – April & Nino performed “I’m Confessin'” and “Tea for Two” on American Bandstand.

1970 – Bobbi Martin performed “For the Love of Him” and “Give a Woman Love” on American Bandstand.

1981 – Don McLean performed “Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains the Same” on American Bandstand.



Friday, May 29: Tonight Show Staff Favorites: Miley Cyrus, Barack Obama, Steve Carell, and more.

Monday, June 1: At Home Edition: Lady Gaga and musical guest Little Big Town. Show 1270E

Tuesday, June 2: At Home Edition: Joel McHale, Phoebe Robinson, Nick Jonas and musical guest Charli XCX. Show 1271E

Wednesday, June 3: At Home Edition: Rachel McAdams, Rob Gronkowski and musical guest Sia. Show 1272E

Thursday, June 4: At Home Edition: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Graham Norton and musical guest Luke Combs. Show 1273E

**Friday, June 5: At Home Edition: Gordon Ramsay, Maude Apatow and musical guest Jimmy Buffett. Show 1274E

These listings are subject to change.

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“Daily Pop” – Weekdays at 12:30pm ET/PT

Monday, June 1 – Dwayne Johnson on the new season of NBC’s “The Titan Games”

Tuesday, June 2 – Christian Slater and Amanda Peet on the new season of USA Network’s “Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story”

Wednesday, June 3 – Erika Jayne on this season’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” on Bravo

Thursday, June 4 – Panel Discussion on the Latest Entertainment and Celebrity News

Friday, June 5 – Jason Derulo on “Healing Through Music” where artists do surprise virtual performances for patients, family members and caregivers in hospitals

Listings are subject to change.

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E! brings fans even more custom content when and where they are watching with the introduction of new live daytime broadcast series, “Daily Pop.” Hosted by pop culture personalities Carissa Culiner, Morgan Stewart and Justin Sylvester, the program delivers fun, insightful and relatable conversations centered around the biggest, most fascinating pop culture stories of the day. “Daily Pop” airs weekdays at 12:30pm ET/PT on E!.



Monday, June 1

(7-9 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic. Chance the Rapper on TODAY. Kimberly Schlapman on TODAY.

(9-10 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic. Craig Melvin live from Rehoboth beach, DE for “Reopening America.” Gov. John Carney. Johns Hopkins Contact Tracing Class. CAMP FROM THE COUCH: Drawing Class. Overheard on 3rd. Make Ahead Monday with Maneet Chauhan. Dylan goes On the Job with the Chicago Cubs.

(10-11 a.m.) Catching up with Kimberly Schlapman. Plus, the best of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.

Tuesday, June 2

(7-9 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic.

(9-10 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic. Craig Melvin live from Philadelphia, PA for “Reopening America.” Meena Harris on Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea. CAMP FROM THE COUCH: Dylan and Cal make curiosity ornaments. Overheard on 3rd. Speaking Out Loud: Maine’s first transgender valedictorian.

(10-11 a.m.) Christian Slater and Amanda Peete on USA’s Dirt John: The Betty Broderick Story. Charlotte Alter talks Time Magazine’s “Generation Pandemic.” Plus, the best of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.

Wednesday, June 3

(7-9 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic. Ricky Martin on TODAY.

(9-10 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic. CAMP FROM THE COUCH: Cocktails and crafts. Overheard on 3rd. Influence-HER: Coppersmith. Pam Grier.

(10-11 a.m.) John Malkovich on Netflix’s Space Force. Emily Giffin on The Lies that Bind. Plus, the best of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.

Thursday, June 4

(7-9 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic.

(9-10 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic. CAMP FROM THE COUCH: Gardening with Al and The Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley. Overheard on 3rd. Shane McAnally on TODAY.

(10-11 a.m.) Catching Up With Brooke Shields. Plus, the best of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.

Friday, June 5

(7-9 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Freestyle Love Supreme on TODAY.

(9-10 a.m.) TODAY brings the latest news and up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom Reunion for long lost sisters.Overheard on 3rd. Uplift TODAY.

(10-11 a.m.) Marie Forleo on her book Everything is Figureoutable. Plus, the best of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.

In The Dark on The CW Video Clips

In The Dark | Cast Chat – Keston John

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In The Dark | Codependence Day Promo

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ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!,’ June 1 – 5

Shaquille O’Neal, Regina King, Mark Ruffalo and More Scheduled Guests on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!,’ June 1 – 5
May 29, 2020


“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band.

Following are the episodes scheduled to air the week of JUNE 1-5 (subject to change):

Monday, June 1

1. Shaquille O’Neal

Tuesday, June 2

1. Regina King

Wednesday, June 3


Thursday, June 4

1. Mark Ruffalo

Friday, June 5


Jimmy Kimmel and Sharon Hoffman serve as executive producers and Jill Leiderman serves as a consulting executive producer. David Craig, Douglas DeLuca, Erin Irwin, Molly McNearney and Jennifer Sharron serve as co-executive producers. “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” is produced by 12 05 AM Productions LLC in association with Kimmelot and ABC Studios. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED)