Tuesday, May 19, 2020

CBS Upfront 2020-21: Fall 2020 Schedule; Remembering Ken Osmond of Leave it to Beaver

CBS 2020-21

Fall 2020


Mondays
8:00PM The Neighborhood
8:30PM Bob ♥ Abishola
9:00PM All Rise
10:00PM Bull

Tuesdays
8:00PM NCIS
9:00PM FBI
10:00PM FBI: Most Wanted

Wednesdays
8:00PM Survivor
9:00PM The Amazing Race (new time period)
10:00PM SEAL Team (new time period)

Thursdays
8:00PM Young Sheldon
8:30PM B Positive (NEW!)
9:00PM Mom
9:30PM The Unicorn (new time period)
10:00PM Evil

Fridays
8:00PM MacGyver
9:00PM Magnum P.I.
10:00PM Blue Bloods

Saturdays
8:00PM Crimetime Saturday (encores)
9:00PM Crimetime Saturday (encores)
10:00PM 48 Hours

Sundays
7:00PM 60 Minutes
8:00PM The Equalizer (NEW!)
9:00PM NCIS: Los Angeles
10:00PM NCIS: New Orleans

 
Unscheduled Mid-Season 2021:
COMEDY:
DRAMA: Clarice
REALITY:
Returning Series: S.W.A.T., Undercover Boss

NOTES: The lineup features three new series and 23 returning series. The new fall series are the comedy B Positive and drama The Equalizer. The shows debuting later in the season include the new drama Clarice from acclaimed executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, starring Rebecca Breeds in the title role, and returning favorites S.W.A.T. and Undercover Boss. In addition, CBS will broadcast Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021.

Discuss CBS's 2020-21 lineup and view the full press release.


Ken Osmond

Actor and police officer Ken Osmond, who was best known for his iconic role as Eddie Haskell in Leave it to Beaver, has died. He died at his home in Los Angeles on May 18 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and peripheral artery disease. Mr. Osmond was 76.

Osmond's prolific career as a child actor began at the age of four. He appeared as an extra in the 1952 film Plymouth Adventure, which starred Spencer Tracy and Gene Tierney. His first speaking role was at age 9 in the 1953 film So Big, which starred Jane Wyman and Sterling Hayden. He had uncredited roles in Good Morning, Miss Dove in 1954 and Everything but the Truth in 1956.

Some of his early television guest appearances included Screen Directors Playhouse, Lassie, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Annie Oakley, Circus Boy, The Loretta Young Show, The Walter Winchell File, Official Detective, Telephone Time, Fury, Colt. 45, The Jack Benny Program and Wagon Train.

Frank Bank, Ken Osmond and Tony Dow

He landed the role of Wally Cleaver's (Tony Dow) mischievous best friend Eddie Haskell in Leave it to Beaver in 1957. The character of Eddie was supposed to be just a one time guest appearance, but they liked Osmond's portrayal so much that he appeared in 96 of the 234 episodes. Eddie was very polite to adults ("That's a lovely dress you're wearing, Mrs. Cleaver"), but he was often up to no good and bullied little kids when no parents were around. Leave it to Beaver aired on CBS for one season from 1957 to 1958 before moving to ABC for five additional seasons from 1958 to 1963. The cast also included Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Jerry Mathers, Frank Bank (1958-1963), Rusty Stevens (1958-1960), Stanley Fafara, Stephen Talbot (1959-1963), Richard Correll (1960-1963), Jeri Weil (1957-1960), Diane Brewster (1957-1958), Sue Randall (1958-1962) and Richard Deacon.

After Leave it to Beaver ended in 1963, he made guest appearances in Petticoat Junction in 1964 and The Munsters in 1966. He made his third and final appearance in Lassie in a 1967 episode where he played a motorcycle delivery man who offers the hitchhiking collie a lift in his sidecar. He appeared in the 1967 film C'mon, Let's Live a Little and had an uncredited role as Duke in the 1968 film With Six You Get Eggroll.

Still the Beaver/The New Leave it to Beaver

Osmond reprised his Eddie Haskell role in the 1983 CBS TV reunion movie Still the Beaver, which aired on March 19, 1983. The success of the movie led to the Still the Beaver sitcom series, which aired for one season on the Disney Channel from 1984 to 1985. It was later re-titled The New Leave it to Beaver and moved to WTBS for three additional seasons from 1986 to 1989. Osmond's real-life sons played his sons in the series. Eric Osmond appeared as Freddie Haskell and Christian Osmond played Eddie "Bomber" Haskell, Jr. . The cast also included Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow, Jerry Mathers, Kipp Marcus, John Snee, Kaleena Kiff, Janice Kent and Frank Bank.

He made a cameo appearance as Eddie Sr. in the 1997 film Leave it to Beaver. Osmond appeared as Eddie Haskell in a 1991 episode of Parker Lewis Can't Lose and a 1992 episode of Hi Honey, I'm Home. He appeared as Freddie Bascomb in a 1983 episode of Happy Days and as Skip in a 1987 episode of Rags to Riches. He played Baxter Franklin the 1983 TV movie High School U.S.A..

After being typecast as Eddie Haskell, he found it difficult to find acting work. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 1970 where he worked as a motorcycle officer. On September 20, 1980, Osmond was struck by five bullets while in a foot chase with a suspected car thief. He was awarded a lifetime pension and retired from the force in 1988. He later made his living from various Los Angeles-based rental properties which he maintained himself.

Eddie: The Life and Times of America's Preeminent Bad Boy

He co-authored the book Eddie: The Life and Times of America's Preeminent Bad Boy with Christopher J. Lynch in September 2014. Jerry Mathers wrote the foreword.

Mr. Osmond was great and memorable as one of the first bad boys of TV. He made a somewhat unlikable character very likable at times. It's too bad that he was typecast for the role, but he had a nice second career as a police officer. It was good to see him return to acting after retiring as a police officer. We thank him for the laughs and entertainment he brought us during his career. He will be greatly missed.

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, December 4

none scheduled

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 29)

Friday, December 3

  • Bill Burr (F Is for Family/Townies) - Watch Bill on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Dwayne Johnson (Young Rock) - Dwayne appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Maya Erskine (PEN15/Casual/Betas) and Anna Konkle (PEN15) - Maya and Anna are guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah guest co-hosts The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love/Love, Inc.) - Holly is a guest on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Son of Zorn/Suburgatory) - Cheryl will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kal Penn (Sunnyside/Deadbeat/We Are Men) - Kal appears on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings. He talks about Comedy Central's Hot Mess Holiday on Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Michel Urie (Younger/Partners) - Michael is a guest on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • J. K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J. K. talks about Being the Ricardos on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family/Ed) - Julie talks about Mixtape on ABC's GMA 3: What You Need to Know at 1pm.


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11/02 - Sex and the City - The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)
11/09 - Saved by the Bell (2020) - Season One
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11/30 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) (2021 Release) (Blu-ray)
12/07 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/07 - Rick & Morty - Season 5 (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook)
12/14 - The Abbott and Costello Show - Season 1 (Blu-ray)
12/14 - Letterkenny - Season 9
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