Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Monday, September 16th, 2019. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities, where AllYourScreens HQ is running on stale Dr. Pepper and sugar free Werther's hard candies
REMEMBERING RIC OCASEK
Ric Ocasek, lead singer of rock band The Cars, died Sunday in his townhouse on Manhattan’s East Side. He was 75. The rocker was found in bed by his supermodel wife, Paulina Porizkova, at about 4 p.m., police sources said. Police do not suspect foul play, and the city medical examiner’s office will determine his cause of death, cops told the press in a briefing.
While everyone will be focusing on his music with The Cars, our "Today's Song You Should Know" highlights the best Ric Ocasek song you've never heard. "Slip Away" was originally written by the singer for The Cars "Candy-O" album, but after an unsuccessful attempt to record it, he gave it to Ian Lloyd for his very-underrated "Goosebumps" album. Lloyd's version has a classic Cars-tinged sound to it, with backing vocals by Ocasek and fellow Cars member Ben Orr.
THE 2019 CREATIVE ARTS EMMY AWARDS
We have a complete rundown of all the winners at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which was spread over two nights. Saturday’s award categories were primarily for unscripted programs: reality, variety special, documentaries, animated program and short form animation, choreography for variety or reality programs, and interactive program. Sunday’s awards focused on scripted programs: short form drama and comedy series, casting, cinematography, and guest performers in comedy and drama series.
WHAT'S NEW ON TV TONIGHT:
Here's a rundown of the modest number of television shows and specials premiering today:
1) A Little Late With Lilly Singh Series Premiere (NBC)
Set to air at 1:35 a.m., "A Little Late with Lilly Singh" will be a half-hour program with an array of guests. Singh will conduct in-studio interviews as well as create and star in pre-taped comedy sketches and signature segments.
2) America Says Series Premiere (Syndicated)
Hosted by John Michael Higgins, this game show consists of two teams of four guessing the top answers to fill-in-the-blank survey questions. The show has aired for three seasons on the Game Show Network and is now being moved into syndication.
3) Beyonce Presents: Making The Gift (ABC)
"Making the Gift" will allow viewers to "experience the process" behind every track on Bey’s recent companion album for The Lion King remake. The album, which Beyoncé executive produced, features new original music by Bey, as well as Donald Glover, Pharrell, and others.
4) Dancing With The Stars Season Twenty Eight Premiere (ABC)
The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities who will be paired up with the show’s pro dancers and brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts as well as voted upon by viewers. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
5) Live Rescue Season Premiere (A&E)
“Live Rescue," hosted by Matt Iseman, follows America’s first responders as they bravely put their lives on the line answering emergency rescue calls across the country.
6) Personal Injury Court Series Premiere (Syndicated)
Using all available evidence, including surveillance videos, reenactments, expert testimony and eyewitness accounts, Judge Gino Brogdon must decide who is legally responsible for the plaintiffs' injuries.
7) Taken Down Series Premiere (Acorn)
In this gritty series from the award-winning creators of Love/Hate, a team of detectives led by inspector Jen Rooney (Love/Hate’s Lynn Rafferty) investigates the murder of a teenage Nigerian girl found dead at a bus stop and the sudden disappearance of another Nigerian girl, both of whom have lived in a nearby center where asylum-seeking refugees are housed and processed. As it turns out, they are also connected to a local brothel. Phantom Thread’s Brian Gleeson portrays the creepy manager of the center, whose interventions in the detectives’ investigation become increasingly sinister.
8) The Mel Robbins Show Series Premiere (Syndicated)
Mel Robbins has spent the past decade coaching, elevating, and motivating millions of people around the world. Her practical, no-nonsense advice, and life strategies provide tangible results and skills to push through the everyday challenges we all face. "The Mel Robbins Show" is a daily destination to understand what holds you back and to give you the action plans needed to get the life you deserve.
9) 2019 NBC Primetime Review Show (NBC)
10) 25 Words Or Less Series Premiere (Syndicated)
Hosted by Meredith Viera, "25 Words or Less" is a new game show that's based on the popular board game of the same name, in which players have 25 words or less to convey clues to their partners.The show premiered on nine Fox-owned stations for a three-week test run last summer. It was successful enough for the show to expand nationally in syndication beginning today.
For a rundown of all the new episodes of television premiering tonight, click here.
TOO MUCH TV REALLY IS A THING
This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.
And if you're a glutton for punishment (or just want to know what you've missed), check out this list of all the shows that have premiered so far in 2019.
I'll be back with another one tomorrow. If you have any feedback, send it along to Rick@AllYourScreens.com and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.