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

Wednesday, August 4

Dave - "Enlightened Dave" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Dave journeys to a legendary recording studio, hoping to break through his creative block but is forced to confront his greatest obstacle: his own ego.

Younger - "The Last Unicorn" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Liza and Kelsey start an underground event called Inkubator; Liza debates telling Charles about Quinn's true motives; Maggie's first class lands her an invite to dinner at the dean's.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 2)

Wednesday, August 4

  • Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda guest hosts a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Nick Kroll (Big Mouth/The League/Cavemen) - Nick appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Hannah Einbinder (Hacks) - Hannah is a guest on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Brett Gelman (Fleabag/Married/Go On) - Brett appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Schmigadoon!/Trial & Error/Kristin) - Kristin is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 3:30am on Bravo.
  • Mary McCormack (The Kids Are Alright/Welcome to the Family) - Mary will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ryan Reynolds (Two Guys and a Girl) - Ryan talks about the new movie Free Guy on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood/The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Eva Marcille (Born Again Virgin) - Eva appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Amy Poehler (Duncanville/Parks and Recreation) - Amy will be on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ben Feldman (Superstore/A to Z/Living with Fran) - Ben appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls/Joey) - Jennifer talks about her new film Swan Song on Access Daily, so check your local listings.


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Fuller House - The Complete Series Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release)

04/20 - 'Til Death - The Complete Series
05/11 - Dead to Me - Season Two
06/08 - The Critic - The Complete Series
06/08 - Fuller House - The Fifth and Final Season
06/08 - Fuller House - The Complete Series
06/08 - Our Cartoon President - Season 3
06/15 - The Office - Season 1 (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
06/15 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
07/07 - No Activity - Season 2
07/13 - The Unicorn - Season 2
07/20 - Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season
07/27 - Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)
07/27 - Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Re-Release)
07/27 - The Neighborhood - Season Three
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