USA Network presents the original comedy series, "DONNY!", starring Donny Deutsch. The half-hour project takes a satirical look at wealth, the media, and modern romance through the eyes of Deutsch's fictionalized character, based on the real-life famed ad-man, single dad, and TV personality. From Executive Producers Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman of Left/Right ("Odd Mom Out," "Mob Wives," "Small Town Security") and Deutsch, DONNY! is set to premiere this fall.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Donny! - The Osmonds - Netflix
The Osmonds are an American family music group with a long and varied career. The Osmond Brothers began as a barbershop quartet consisting of brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond. They were later joined by younger siblings Donny and Jimmy, both of whom enjoyed success as solo artists as well. With the addition of Donny, the group became known as The Osmonds, and enjoyed its greatest success as both a boy band and a hard rock ensemble; their heyday, lasting from late 1970 to 1975, was marked by frequent changes in style and massive but brief popularity. Their only sister Marie, who rarely sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful career in 1973, both as a solo artist and as Donny's duet partner. By 1976, the band was no longer producing hit singles. A revival of the original Osmond Brothers lineup in the 1980s achieved moderate success in country music, and both Donny and Marie separately made comebacks in their respective fields in the late 1980s. The Osmonds Brothers has sold 77 million records, while collectively, the family has sold a total of 100 million records worldwide. As of 2018, The Osmond Brothers as a group is composed of original members Merrill and Jay along with Jimmy, who perform as a trio. Donny and Marie also continue to perform as a duo; they and Merrill all have solo careers as well. Also of note are Alan's sons, who have performed as a “Second Generation” of the group since the late 1980s; one of those sons, David Osmond, is Donny's designated understudy and has had modest success of his own as a solo artist as well. The siblings' older brothers George Virl Osmond, Jr. (Virl) and Tom Osmond were born deaf and did not originally perform. They made several television appearances in later years, most notably on the family Christmas specials in the 1970s. All of the Osmonds were born in Ogden, Utah except the youngest, Jimmy, who was born in Canoga Park, California.
Donny! - Pop music success (1971–1972) - Netflix
Record producer Mike Curb saw the Osmonds perform as a band and recognized that they combined a rare mix of polished performing style, instrumental skill, and vocal talent. He helped the Osmonds get a record contract with MGM and arranged for them to record at Muscle Shoals with R&B producer Rick Hall. Under Hall's guidance, the Osmonds hit the top spot on the pop chart with “One Bad Apple” in 1971. The song, “One Bad Apple”, written by George Jackson, who had The Jackson Five in mind when he wrote it, was originally presented to Motown Record’s Chairman of the Board, Berry Gordy, for The Jackson Five to record, but he turned it down. It was then presented to MGM Records for The Osmonds; both the Jackson Five (who were admittedly inspired by The Osmonds' early success) and the Osmonds were aiming for the same Bubblegum sound and style of music, and it became their first number-one hit single, released on November 14, 1970. The Osmonds soon had hits with other light, R&B-style pop numbers like “Double Lovin'” (#14) and “Yo-Yo” (#3). In each of these hits, the formula was the same; Merrill sang lead, and Donny was “co-lead” in essence, singing the “hook” or “chorus” of the song. At this time the Osmonds also recorded several hits that were billed to Donny, the lead soloist on the songs: “Sweet and Innocent” (#7), “Go Away Little Girl” (#1), “I Knew You When” (#9) and “Puppy Love” (#2). The Osmonds were at their peak of popularity. The Osmonds began writing and performing their own music and their sound moved towards rock music beginning with their album Phase III. In addition to “Yo-Yo”, Phase III produced the major hit “Down by the Lazy River” (#4). The following Crazy Horses album was the band's first really personal statement — the brothers have been quoted as saying that the title song refers to air pollution from cars, and its instrumentation featured an even harder rock sound bordering on early heavy metal. They wrote all the songs and played all the instruments with Alan on rhythm guitar, Wayne on lead guitar, Merrill on lead vocals and bass, Jay on drums and Donny on keyboards. All the brothers sang backing vocals, with Jay and Donny sometimes singing lead parts. But Donny singing co-lead on these songs was abandoned for the reason given below (except for Lazy River, which he also did not sing co-lead on).
Donny! - References - Netflix