PBS Primetime Program Highlights – July 5-11

Week of July 5-11

PBS Primetime Schedule, Sunday-Saturday
On-air Picks of the Week
*NEW* In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., relive the fiery and unrelenting campaign that led to the 19th Amendment in THE VOTE: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE premiering Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 7, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET.

*NEW* Explore the future of China’s relationship with the U.S. in CHINA: POWER AND PROSPERITY – PBS NEWSHOUR PRESENTS premiering Wednesday, July 8, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET.

*NEW* Meet some of the pioneering women who shaped American politics in UNLADYLIKE2020: AMERICAN MASTERS premiering Friday, July 10, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET.
New and Notable Video

SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2020

8:00-9:00 PM:
*NEW* LUCY WORSLEY’S ROYAL MYTHS & SECRETS “Marie Antoinette, The Doomed Queen” (LWRO) (#103) (TV-14)
Uncover the myths and secrets that led the doomed Marie Antoinette to the guillotine.

9:00-10:00 PM:
A streaker’s death causes Will and Geordie to investigate experimental psychotherapy and drugs.

10:00-11:00 PM:
John realizes he has no choice but to reveal the truth about his past and his baby’s identity.


8:00-9:00 PM:
*NEW* ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Women’s Work” (ANRO) (#2424) (TV-G)
Celebrate trailblazing women in a show spotlighting outstanding work from athletes, artists & more.
@RoadshowPBS | #antiquesroadshow

9:00-11:00 PM:
Explore the years 1906-1915, as leaders of the suffrage movement debate issues of tactics and race.
@AmExperiencePBS | #AmericanExperience


8:00-9:00 PM:
*NEW* SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Viking Warrior Queen” (SEDE) (#1804) (TV-PG)
Join a team of archaeologists examining the history-changing DNA of a female Viking warrior.
@SecretsPBS | #SecretsDeadPBS

9:00-11:00 PM:
Explore the final four years of the long and arduous road to the passage of the 19th Amendment.
@AmExperiencePBS | #AmericanExperience


8:00-9:00 PM:
@PBSNature | #NaturePBS

9:00-10:00 PM:
NOVA | AUSTRALIA’S FIRST 4 BILLION YEARS “Strange Creatures” (NOVA) (#4012) (TV-PG) (R)
@novapbs | #NOVAPBS

10:00-11:00 PM:
Explore the future of China’s relationship with the U.S.


8:00-8:30 PM:
THIS OLD HOUSE “Westerly | Chimney Down and Walls Up” (THOH) (#3092) (TV-G) (R)

8:30-9:00 PM:
ASK THIS OLD HOUSE “Nursery Paint, Record Stand” (ATOH) (#1802) (TV-G) (R)
#AskTOH | #WhatIsIt

9:00-11:00 PM:
THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA “Great Nature (1933-1945)” (NPAB) (#105) (TV-PG) (R)

FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020

8:00-8:30 PM:
Join Robert Costa and noted journalists for a discussion of the big stories from DC.
@washingtonweek | #WashingtonWeek

8:30-9:00 PM:
Join Hoover for a public affairs talk show that delivers a civil and engaging contest of ideas.

9:00-10:00 PM:
Mark the women’s suffrage centennial with stories of pioneering women who shaped American politics.
@AmerMastersPBS | #AmericanMastersPBS

10:00 PM-12:00 AM:
INDEPENDENT LENS “Dolores” (INLE) (#1912) (TV-PG) (R)
@IndependentLens | #IndieLensPBS


11:00 PM-12:00 AM:
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Residente” (AUCL) (#4410) (TV-PG) (R)
@acltv | #acltv


Arlington, VA – June 4, 2020 – This June, PBS Distribution will be releasing a PBS Masterpiece title, two Nature titles, and a Nova title, among many other programs on DVD. Viewers will explore strange wildernesses with Steve Backshall, Cuba’s animal paradise and their drive for advancements in cancer research, as well as Queen Elizabeth’s childhood during World War II and the Masterpiece title “Beecham House.”

Expedition with Steve Backshall, Season 2

NATURE:Cuba’s Wild Revolution

NATURE: Remarkable Rabbits
The Windermere Children (Drama and Documentary)

NOVA: Cuba’s Cancer Hope

The Queen at War
Beecham House

NOVA: The Truth About Fat

Expedition with Steve Backshall, Season 1
In this new series, adventurer and naturalist Steve Backshall ventures into undiscovered territory, endures extreme physical challenges, encounters extraordinary wildlife, and teams up with remarkable people along the way. From free-diving in underground river systems descending deep into the caves of the Maya underworld to kayaking Himalayan whitewater and scaling unclimbed Arctic peaks, these expeditions push Backshall and his expert crew to the limit.

Street Date: June 2, 2020
Run Time: 600 min. on 3 discs
SRP: $49.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Travel: Expedition
Some of the locations he explores include Oman’s Dhofar Mountains where he is the first to ascend the desert rock face, a Bornean cave system that has only recently been spotted from a dark shadow on a satellite image, and Greenland where he will attempt to summit an unclimbed mountain in the country’s remotest peaks. Backshall and his crew explore many other exciting and untouched locations along the way.

NATURE: Cuba’s Wild Revolution
As the largest island in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, Cuba is teeming with exotic biodiversity and host to spectacular wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. Jumping crocodiles of the Zapata swamp, the world’s tiniest hummingbird, thousands of migrating crabs, giant bat-eating boas that lie in wait for easy prey, coral reefs pulsating with life, and five-foot-long Cuban rock iguanas all call this island home.

Street Date: June 9, 2020
Run Time: 60 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Nature, World
Decades of a socialist, conservation-minded government, American embargoes, and minimal development have left the island virtually unchanged for 50 years. As international relations ease, what will become of the spectacularly biodiverse wildlife sanctuary in this Caribbean paradise?

NATURE: Remarkable Rabbits
There are more than 100 domestic and wild kinds of rabbits, from swamp rabbits and Flemish giants to snowshoe hares. Yet, these prolific creatures are often overlooked and rarely get the respect they deserve – due, in part, to their adorable appearance and storybook depictions. Learn how hares are more than just a rabbit with long ears and legs, how rabbits have managed to survive in ever-changing landscapes – in downtown Chicago or Canada’s frozen boreal forest – and how they turn the table on their predators.

Street Date: June 9, 2020
Run Time: 60 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Science & Nature: Animals
Despite their remarkable ability to reproduce, many wild rabbits are in danger of being eradicated. Viewers join scientists in the field as they work tirelessly to save rabbit species from the brink of extinction and reveal ground-breaking new discoveries. Explore how surprising and remarkable rabbits and hares can be as they face incredible challenges in the wild from issues like habitat loss and climate change. Meet the many species of remarkable rabbits and the scientists working to save them from extinction.

The Windermere Children
(Drama and Documentary)
An extraordinary, untold true story of hope, this DVD set with the PBS documentary and drama special based on these events, brings viewers on a moving and ultimately redemptive story that follows child survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and the remarkable team who were responsible for helping them rebuild their lives as they forged friendships that will become their lifeline to a better future. In August, 1945, a coachload of children arrive at the Calgarth Estate by Lake Windermere.

Street Date: June 9, 2020
Run Time: 150 min. on 2 discs
SRP: $34.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Drama/Documentary
They are child survivors of the Nazi Holocaust that devastated Europe’s Jewish population. Carrying only the clothes they wear and a few meager possessions, they bear the emotional and physical scars of all they have suffered. Charged with looking after them is Oscar Friedmann, a German-born child psychologist. He and his team of volunteer counsellors have just 4 months to help the children reclaim their lives. By the lake, the children eat, learn English, play football, and ride bikes. They yearn for news of their loved ones, but without their families, they find kinship in each other and form bonds that give them hope for the future. Some locals taunt them, but they are embraced by others. In this environment, they begin to heal. This is the stark, moving, and ultimately redemptive story of the bonds the children make with one another. In the absence of relatives, they find family in each other.

NOVA: Cuba’s Cancer Hope
In Cuba, as in the United States, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. Decades of economic and political isolation have starved the country of medical resources, leading Cuba’s biomedical researchers to get creative and invent their own immunotherapies. Among them are very promising lung cancer vaccines that can help jumpstart the body’s immune response to cancer. Some U.S. patients are even defying their country’s trade embargo to travel to Cuba for treatment.

Street Date: June 16, 2020
Run Time: 60 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Documentary
This program explores the fascinating history of Cuban biomedical research and follows the journey of two cancer patients, one from the island and one from the U.S., receiving the new vaccines. As they prove effective in some patients, Cuban scientists are teaming up with a leading U.S. cancer institute to develop an even more effective treatment by combining the best of both countries’ research and medical technologies.

The Queen at War
Narrated by Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), viewers take a look at Britain’s longest reigning monarch in history. Seventy-five years after the end of the war in Europe, “The Queen at War” offers a fascinating look at how Princess Elizabeth, just 13 years old when World War II broke out, was set on her life’s path to become a legendary monarch. Together with sister Margaret, the young princesses became symbols of hope for a nation wracked by a horrific war, the terrors of the Blitz, and the relocation of over a million children.

Street Date: June 16, 2020
Run Time: 54 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Biography
By 1945, Elizabeth had been transformed from a shy girl into a confident young woman and proved her mettle as a driver and mechanic in the women’s branch of the army. She was also already in love with the handsome naval officer she would one day marry. Told through the reminiscences of friends, including Lady Glenconner, royal biographers Christopher Warwick, Robert Lacey, Jane Dismore and Hugh Vickers, among others, the documentary features rare footage of the Queen’s war years culled from private and public collections.

MASTERPIECE: Beecham House
From award-winning filmmaker Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Blinded by the Light), Beecham House takes place in 19th century India at the start of the British Empire. The six-part drama explores the life of the mysterious John Beecham, a former East India Company employee who buys an imposing mansion in Delhi. Starring Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair, Jekyll and Hyde) as John, Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) as his mother Henrietta Beecham, and Leo Suter (Sanditon) as his brother Daniel, “Beecham House” follows the twists and turns, and complex relationships of John and those that surrounded and live in the mansion with him.

Street Date: June 30, 2020
Run Time: 310 min. on 2 discs
SRP: $39.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Drama
The ensemble cast includes Gregory Fitoussi (Mr. Selfridge, Spiral), Adil Ray (Citizen Khan, Ackley Bridge), Pallavi Sharda (Lion), Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour), Bessie Carter (Howards End), Viveik Kalra (Blinded by the Light), and Marc Warren (Safe, Hustle).

NOVA: The Truth About Fat
For generations, fat has been the enemy, and overweight individuals have been stigmatized and shamed. We’ve demonized it as a cumbersome health risk and cast overweight individuals as too gluttonous or lazy to make healthy choices, but scientists are coming to understand that fat is not so simple. In fact, it’s a fascinating and dynamic organ – one that has more to do with biological processes than personal choices. Now, NOVA asks and answers the questions that surround fat. Do we control our fat or does it control us?

Street Date: June 30, 2020
Run Time: 60 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD, Digital
Genre: Documentary
Why don’t sumo wrestlers suffer from the health problems that other obese people do? Why has evolution hardwired us to hang onto fat even when it’s unhealthy? What would happen if you had no fat at all? Through real-life stories of hunter-gatherers, supermodels, and a Biggest Loser contestant, this program explores the complex functions of fat and the role it plays in controlling hunger, hormones, and even reproduction.

truTV Programming Alert Week of June 22

truTV Programming Alert Week of June 22

Tirdy Works
Tuesday, June 23 at 10:00pm ET/PT
“The Final Countdown”
Emma Willmann coaches Mary on her comedy routine ahead of the big benefit event in Pittsfield. Dale shares a secret passion with Mary and asks for a chance to perform at the show.

At Home with Amy Sedaris
Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00pm ET/PT
“First Dates”
In this very special episode of At Home with Amy Sedaris, Amy shows us how to prepare for a first date, by preparing for a first date. Soon she will meet in person, the man she’s been corresponding with through a letter-writing romance. Before he arrives, Amy prepares a meal, crafts a special gift and enlists Chassie for a makeover. She also talks flower arrangements with Patty Hogg and practices, “first dating” with first date expert Tony the Knife Man. Will Amy’s first date work out? Will Amy get stuck in a cage? Will her meal explode? Tune in to find out! Special Guests include Michael Shannon, Debi Mazar, and Peter Grosz.

Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party
Thursday, June 25 at 10:00pm ET/PT
It’s dinner time! Get up close and personal with Joe, Q, Murr and Sal as they welcome you into their homes for another night of Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party! Join the fun as the guys dine and discuss the week that was…who can make the best meal? And how long is Q’s beard now? Watch, eat and enjoy!!



REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 18th season FRIDAY, JUNE 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), with a replay at 12:30 a.m., exclusively on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show, which is currently being filmed remotely from his home, includes virtual interviews with guests.

This week features one-on-one virtual interviews with activist and rapper Michael Render (“Killer Mike”), whose latest album Run the Jewels 4 was released on Wednesday; and former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence and NBC News National Security Contributor, Frank Figliuzzi. This week will also feature a virtual panel with former Chair of the Republican National Committee and current host of The Michael Steele Podcast and MSNBC analyst, Michael Steele; and author and Georgetown School of Law professor Rosa Brooks.

The series is also available to stream on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and on HBO via HBO Max and other partners’ platforms.

Politico has hailed Maher as “a pugnacious debater and a healthy corrective to the claptrap of cable news,” while Variety noted, “There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television.”

Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in 11 HBO solo specials to date.

The executive producers of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER are Bill Maher, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Billy Martin; co-executive producer, Chris Kelly; producer, Matt Wood; director, Paul Casey.

Oprah Winfrey Hosts In-Depth, Two-Night Conversation with Black Thought Leaders

Oprah Winfrey Hosts In-Depth, Two-Night Conversation with Black Thought Leaders, Activists and Artists for “OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go from Here?”
The two-night special will simulcast on OWN and across all of Discovery’s 18 other U.S. networks on Tuesday, June 9 (Part 1) and Wednesday, June 10 (Part 2) at 9:00/8:00c both nights.
[via press release from OWN]


Special Features Ava DuVernay, Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Rashad Robinson, Ibram Kendi, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Jennifer Eberhardt, David Oyelowo and Charles M. Blow

Special Will Be Available Across Discovery’s Global Platforms In More Than 200 Countries and Territories

LOS ANGELES – In response to the continuing civil unrest in America following the tragic murder of George Floyd, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a two-night special “OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?” that will simulcast on OWN and across all of Discovery’s 18 other U.S. networks on Tuesday, June 9 (Part 1) and Wednesday, June 10 (Part 2) at 9 p.m. ET/PT both nights. It will also stream for free on the Watch OWN and Discovery Family TVE apps, as well as OWN’s Youtube, Facebook and Instagram channels and be available on Discovery’s global platforms in more than 200 countries and territories. The special features Oprah Winfrey as she speaks directly with a range of Black thought leaders, activists and artists about systematic racism and the current state of America. Discovery, Inc. is the #1 pay TV portfolio in the U.S., reaching 1 in 3 US TV households on an average night, and for the first time in its history, will simulcast a program across all of its 19 U.S. brands, including top networks OWN, Discovery, HGTV, ID, Food Network and TLC.

The in-depth conversations offer insight and tangible plans to answer the questions “What matters now?” “What matters next?” and “Where do we go from here?.” Featured guests include politician Stacey Abrams, journalist Charles M. Blow; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; Academy award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“When They See Us,” “13th”, “Queen Sugar”), professor and author Jennifer Eberhardt (author of “Biased”); journalist and Pulitzer prize-winning founder of the “1619 Project” Nikole Hannah-Jones; historian and author Ibram Kendi (“How to be an Anti-Racist”), award-winning actor David Oyelowo (“Selma”), Color of Change founder Rashad Robinson; and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) national board member Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.

“I’ve been having private conversations with friends and thought leaders about what’s next and where we go from here,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I thought it would be both of interest and service to bring their ideas, concerns and comments into a national spotlight.”

“As a network dedicated to supporting and uplifting Black lives, OWN is committed to providing our community with important dialogue and helpful resources in this challenging time as we mourn the murder of George Floyd and ask ourselves how can we come together to create meaningful change,” said Tina Perry, President, OWN. “I am proud that our Discovery family has joined us to amplify this message in solidarity.”

“There is no one like Oprah to bring us all together at this critical moment in our history to offer insights, perspective and action,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery, Inc. “We are honored to partner with OWN and use our global reach to amplify this important discussion about the global issues of economic and social justice and equality to a potential audience of one billion people across more than 200 markets in a way that only Discovery can.”

“OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here” is produced by OWN. The executive producers are Oprah Winfrey and Tara Montgomery.

About OWN Spotlight

OWN Spotlight special presentations tackle issues and concerns relevant to Black women today. The programs feature candid and in-depth conversations that create real dialogue and change.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About Discovery

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

EPIX Docu-Series “Helter Skelter: An American Myth” Is Moving to a Later Date

EPIX Docu-Series “Helter Skelter: An American Myth” Is Moving to a Later Date
The six-part docu-series is moving dates and will no longer premiere Sunday, June 14.
[via press release from EPIX]

The six-part docu-series is moving dates and will no longer premiere June 14th, 2020.

In the most comprehensive telling of the Manson Family yet told in a visual medium, Helter Skelter: An American Myth features never-before-accessed interviews from former family members and journalists first on the scene and in the courtroom, weaving these original narratives with archival footage and newly-unearthed images. It will upend what people think they know about this layered and complex story and cast an entirely new light on this Crime of the Century.

The six-part docu-series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter for Berlanti Productions and Eli Frankel for Rogue Atlas Productions. Warner Horizon Unscripted Television serves as the studio. Lesley Chilcott, producer of the Academy Award(R)-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, will direct as well as serve as executive producer.


EPIX(R), an MGM company, is a premium television network delivering a broad line-up of quality original series and documentaries, the latest movie releases and classic film franchises – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. EPIX(R) has tripled the amount of original programming on the network and has become a destination for original premium content with series including Godfather of Harlem, starring and executive produced by Forest Whitaker; Pennyworth, the origin story of Batman’s butler Alfred; Perpetual Grace, LTD, starring Sir Ben Kingsley; spy thriller Deep State; War of the Worlds, from Howard Overman and starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern; docu-series Slow Burn based on the hit podcast, docu-series NFL: The Grind, from NFL Films and hosted by Rich Eisen and Belgravia, from Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and the creative team from Downton Abbey; as well as upcoming premieres of drama Chapelwaite, based on the short story Jerusalem’s Lot by Stephen King and starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody; two-part music docu-series Laurel Canyon; and six-part docu-series Helter Skelter: An American Myth, executive produced and directed by Lesley Chilcott. Launched in October 2009, EPIX(R) is available nationwide through cable, telco, satellite and emerging digital distribution platforms as well as through its EPIX NOW app, providing more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming.

For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHd (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX) and Snapchat @EPIXTV.

“Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space” Hits Ratings High

“Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space” Hits Ratings High as #1 Non-Prime Telecast in the History of Discovery
Discovery Channel further spins the numbers for Saturday, May 30.
[via press release from Discovery Channel]

Highest-Rated Telecast in the History of Science Channel

Television’s #1 Telecast For Entire Day #1 Most Social Episode

(LOS ANGELES) – Discovery and Science Channel ratings reached new heights on Saturday, May 30, as they documented the successful NASA launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., with ‘SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: AMERICA RETURNS TO SPACE.’ The live coverage of the launch averaged a 2.44 P25-54 rating, with more than 4.7 million total viewers, ranking as the #1 non-prime telecast in the history of Discovery Channel. Discovery’s launch coverage also was television’s #1 telecast for the entire day across such key demos as P/M/W25-54, P/M/W18-49, P/M/W18-34, P2-11 and P12-17. The launch also became the highest-rated telecast in the history of Science Channel with a 1.00 P25-54 rating, while pulling in 1.31 million total viewers. Collectively, Discovery and Science Channel reached a combined 7.21 M total viewers across the two hours.

The live multiplatform event was the highest-rated L+3 telecast on Discovery overall since the premiere of ‘Phelps vs. Shark’ and the highest-rated non-prime telecast in Discovery history with P/W25-54, P/W18-49 and P2-11. For Science Channel, the broadcast of the launch averaged a 1.00 L+3 P25-54 rating and 1.31 million total viewers, making it Science Channel’s highest-rated telecast on record among P25-54. It was also Science’s highest-rated telecast ever across M25-54 (1.16) and W25-54 (0.85).

“While many networks covered this historic moment, Discovery and Science Channel took viewers inside the launch by showing the incredible achievements of those who made it happen. We spent almost a year documenting SpaceX’s journey and offered both incredible access at the launch as well as insight from SpaceX Founder and Chief Engineer Elon Musk,” said Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual. “Viewers got to experience this major moment in real-time and hear insight from former astronauts like Mike Massimino and Karen Nyberg; active astronauts Jessica Meir and K. Megan McArthur along with other familiar faces including Adam Savage and Mark Rober.”

The launch also had significant ratings among younger viewers with an impressive 1.73 among Kids 2-11; 1.29 with A18-34 and 2.08 among A18-49 across Discovery Channel. It also made a significant impact online with nearly 600k total interactions, making it Saturday’s #1 most social episode across television excluding sports-related programming. The show’s hashtag #SpaceLaunchLIVE trended on Twitter during Saturday’s broadcast, Discovery’s live stream on TikTok reached over 1M total viewers on the platform, and Discovery’s Space Launch filter – made available on Instagram and Facebook – is the network’s #1 most engaged with AR filter in network history.

‘SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: AMERICA RETURNS TO SPACE’ followed the launch of 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. The event marked the first crewed space mission to be launched into orbit from U.S. soil since 2011. Discovery and Science Channel coverage featured commentary from astronauts, engineers and other special guests including global superstar Katy Perry. The event also featured notable figures and celebrities including Olivia Munn, Simone Biles, Bill Nye, Mark Cuban, Clint Black, Lance Black, John Smoltz, Aaron Paul and Tony Hawk, among others.

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.

TV personality Chris Jacobs hosted the special live from Los Angeles and Emmy Award-winning journalist David Kerley was part of the reporting team on the ground at Kennedy Space Center. Leading up to the event, Discovery and Science Channel aired the 2-hour documentary ‘NASA & SPACEX: JOURNEY TO THE FUTURE,’ featuring exclusive access to the incredible journey leading up to this launch, narrated by actor and producer Walton Goggins. 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 revealed 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.

Source: The Nielsen Company, L+3 program-based data, excl. breakouts. DISC internal data prior to 4/30/2007 based on L+SD and prior to 12/26/2005 is based on Live. Historical Discovery claims based on coverage ratings since 9/27/1993. All Television Ranks based on 5/30/2020 6a-6a telecast level data, including sustainers. SCI ratings based on L3 back to 4/30/07 and LSD back to 6/27/05. ‘Non-Prime’ defined as Monday-Sunday Programs ending between 6a-8p and starting between 11p-6a. Reach uses 6-min. qualifier.

Video: “Lovecraft Country” Official Teaser – HBO

Video: “Lovecraft Country” Official Teaser – HBO
The pay channel releases the latest tease for the upcoming drama, due in August.
[via press release from HBO]
Lovecraft Country: Official Teaser | HBO

Stories are a living thing.

From Misha Green, #LovecraftCountry premieres this August on HBO. #HBO

Today in TV History 6/4

Today is Thursday, June 4, 2020

Today in
Television History

1955 – The “Mickey Rooney Show” was aired on NBC for the last time.

1981 – The final episode of “The Waltons” aired. Six TV movies aired between 1982 and 1997.

1997 – The final episode of “Married With Children” aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Danny & the Juniors performed “Rock ‘n’ Roll is Here to Stay” and “Dotty” on “American Bandstand.”

1959 – Johnny and the Hurricanes performed “Crossfire” and “Red River Rock” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – Ferrante and Teicher performed “Smile” and “Lisa” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – The Sunrays performed “Andrea” and “Still” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Roy Orbison performed “Pretty Woman” and “Twinkle Toes” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – T-Connection performed “Do You Wanna Do” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – The Addrisi Bros. performed “Slow Dancin’ Don’t Turn Me On” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – The Hollies performed “Stop in the Name of Love” and “Casualty” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Robert Hazard performed “Escalator of Life” and “Change Reaction” on “American Bandstand.”



June 3, 2020 (Burbank, CA) ─ The CW Network announced today the acquisition of the international thriller DEVILS, starring Alessandro Borghi and Patrick Dempsey, adding the series to its Fall 2020 schedule airing on Wednesdays (8:00-9:00pm, ET/PT), followed by the investigative drama CORONER (9:00-10:00pm, ET/PT).

DEVILS is an international thriller that follows Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi, “The First King: Birth of an Empire,” “Suburra”), the charismatic yet ruthless Head of Trading at NYL, one of the world’s most important investment banks, and his mentor, NYL’s CEO Dominic Morgan (Patrick Dempsey, “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair”). After Dominic appoints another colleague over Massimo following a bitter promotion battle, Massimo finds himself named prime suspect in a murder investigation. Fighting to clear his name, Massimo becomes involved in an intercontinental financial war and is forced to choose between supporting Dominic or going up against him.

The series also stars Laia Costa (“Victoria,” “Newness”), Kasia Smutniak (“Loro,” “Perfetti Sconosciuti”), Lars Mikkelsen (“The Killing,” “Sherlock”), Malachi Kirby (“Roots”), Paul Chowdhry (“Live at the Apollo,” “Swinging with the Finkels”), Pia Mechler (“Everything Is Wonderful”), Harry Michell (“Chubby Funny”) and Sallie Harmsen (“Blade Runner 2049”).

Based on the novel I Diavoli by Guido Maria Brera, DEVILS is produced by Sky Italia and Lux Vide, in association with Sky Studios, Orange Studio and OCS. Created by Alessandro Sermoneta, Mario Ruggeri, Elena Bucaccio, Guido Maria Brera, Daniele Cesarano, Barbara Petronio, Ezio Abbate, the series is executive produced by Luca Bernabei, Matilde Bernabei, Daniele Passani, Nick Hurran, Sara Melodia, Luisa Cotta Ramosino, Ben Harris, Christopher Lunt & Michael A. Walker, and Nils Hartmann and Sonia Rovai for Sky. DEVILS is produced by Luca Bernabei and directed by Nick Hurran and Jan Maria Michelini. NBCUniversal Global Distribution is handling international distribution of the series on behalf of Sky Studios.

Following is The CW’s revised primetime line-up for Fourth Quarter 2020, including the addition of DEVILS now on Wednesdays (8:00-9:00pm, ET/PT). Additional changes to the previously announced Fourth Quarter, include DEAD PIXELS, which will now premiere this Summer, TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES moving to Sundays, and MASTERS OF ILLUSION, which is already slated for Fridays this Summer, will remain in same time period for the Fall, while WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS moves to 9:00pm on Friday.







9:00-10:00PM TELL ME A STORY


8:00-9:00PM DEVILS

9:00-10:00PM CORONER



9:00-10:00PM THE OUTPOST









9:00-10:00PM PANDORA

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