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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
ON THIS DAY
“The Garry Moore Show” debuted on CBS in 1950. It was initially broadcast in the Monday to Friday 7 p.m. half-hour and the roster of talent appearing on the variety series included Carol BurnettDurward Kirby, Marion Lorne,Dorothy LoudonAllen Funt and John BynerSonny and Cher were divorced in 1975, which did not bode well for their solo careers as variety show hosts…ABC half-hour daytime drama “Loving” debuted in 1983. It ran through Nov. 10, 1995 and was replaced by spin-off “The City”…Celebrity Birthdays: Three actors turn 48: “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes, “NCIS: Los Angeles” star Chris O’Donnell and Nick Offerman from “Parks and Recreation;” baseball legend Derek Jeter is 44;  Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy is 26; pop singer Ariana Grande is 25.

Did You Know?:
“The Sonny Comedy Revue, headlined by Sonny Bono, lasted three months on ABC in the fall of 1974; while “Cher” on CBS limped along from February 16, 1975 to January 4, 1976. It was too little, too late when the divorced couple reunited for “The Sonny & Cher Show” on CBS in February 1976, which ended in the summer of 1977

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
 
Monday 6/25/18

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.7/ 7, CBS: 2.7/ 5, NBC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +29, CBS: + 4, ABC: no change, Fox: -10, NBC: -20

Ratings Breakdown:
In season-premiere news, season two of CBS scripted drama “Salvation” was left at the 9-10 p.m. ET starting gate, with a 2.4/ 4 in households. Comparably, that was 25 percent below its 3.2/ 6 debut in the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour (out of “Big Brother”) on July 12, 2017. And concerning was a loss of 12 percent in household rating in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour (2.6/ 4 to 2.3/ 4).

CBS has a minor increase in the Monday 10 p.m. hour care of older skewing “Elementary” at a 2.8/ 5 (#1).

Healthy “The Bachelorette” led ABC to another Monday overnight victory (and a certain win in adults 18-49 and all the key demos), with a 4.3 rating/7 share in households from 8-10 p.m. For the remainder of the breakdown by network and half-hour for Monday, June 25, click here

Live+Same Day Scorecard
Monday 6/18: Click here
Tuesday 6/19: Click here
Wednesday 6/20: Click here
Thursday 6/21: Click here
Friday 6/22: Click here

2017-18 Live+Same Day Season Ratings – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sean Spicer to Develop Daytime Talk Show
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, whose six-month stint in the job working for President Trump ended last summer, is developing a syndicated daytime talk show from distributor Debmar-Mercury and Pilgrim Media Group. Tentatively titled “Sean Spicer’s Common Ground,” the potential daily talker will feature Spicer hosting “some of the most interesting and thoughtful public figures for a drink and some lite conversation at a local pub or cafe.”

According to the pitch…“The relaxed atmosphere is an ideal setting for Sean to get to know his guests as they discuss everything from the media to marriage. They might even tangle over the merits of making your bed or the value of a great point guard.”

“In this current environment, I think it’s important to have a platform where we can have civil, respectful, and informative discussions on the issues of the day,” said Spicer in a statement.

YouTube Orders Dark Comedy “On Becoming a God in Central Florida”
Kirsten Dunst will star in an original dark comedy for YouTube, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” for YouTube that will be executive produced by George Clooney’s Smokehouse Productions and was originally in development for AMC. The series, written by co-creators Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky, will premiere in 2019 on YouTube Premium (the rebranded name from YouTube Red). YouTube has ordered 10 episodes.

Written by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” is set near Orlando in the early 1990s. It centers on Krystal Gill (Dunst), a minimum-wage-earning water park employee who will eventually scheme her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise: the cultish, flag waving, multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin.

TV UPDATES

SPORTS

2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer Group Stage TV and Announcer Schedule -Click here

2018 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network – Click here

2018 NFL Monday Night Football Schedule on ESPN – Click here

UPFRONT RECAPS

Brand Safety Concerns Escalate – Click here
10 Key Highlights From Network Upfront Week – Click here
-Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall: Click here
-CBS Announces 5 New Series This Fall; 8 in Total – Click here
-NBC: 3 New Shows This Fall; 9 in Total in 2018-19 – Click here
-Fox to Launch Just 2 New Series This Fall, Plus “TNF”: Click here
The CW Expands to Sundays, Adds 3 New Series – Click here
-Turner Networks’ Focus is On Faandom – Click here
-Univision Plans for Future Amid Continued Cost Cutting – Click here
-YouTube Boasts Both Scale and Safety at NewFronts – For more, click here
-Hulu Crosses 20 Million Subscriber Mark – Click here
-Linear Model Still Matters for Optimistic PopTV – Click here
-Connector’s Remain Sony Crackle’s Key Target – Click here
-Nat Geo Combines Science, Exploration Storytelling to Broaden Brand – Click here
-“New” Discovery Touts Scripps Networks Expansion at Upfronts: Click here
-With “Portlandia” Done, IFC Renews “Brockmire,” “Documentary Now” – Click here
-A+E Celebrates Females in Women’s Upfront – Click here
-Nickelodeon to Reboot “Blues Clues;” Introduce New Version of “TMNT” – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“On the Case with Paula Zahn” will return for a new season in Investigation Discovery (ID) on Sunday, July 15 at 10 p.m. ET. The season premiere follows the disappearance of 8-year-old April Tinsley in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“iHeartCountry Festival, celebrating the best in country music, will air on Fox on Sunday, August 5. The special will include performances by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Sugarland and Maren Morris

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Netflix debuts Australian drama “Secret City”“Good Bones” opens a new season on HGTV…Season finales: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” part two on Amazon, “It’s Suppertime” and “Beerland” on Viceland, “Chopped” on Food and “Little People, Big World” on TLC…For the primetime schedule for Tuesday, June 26, click here
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Age Is Only a Number

Which one of the following five TV couples had the biggest age difference based on their birth dates in real life?

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c) Jock and Miss Ellie Ewing
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e) Fred and Ethel Mertz
 
The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which musician sings the “Gilmore Girls” theme song?

a) Aretha Franklin
b) Carole King
c) Jewel
d) Joni Mitchell
e) Carly Simon

Is: b) Carole King, who also guest-starred as Sophie Bloom, the acerbic proprietor of Sophie’s Music shop in the Gilmore’s hometown of Stars Hollow.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
 
ON THIS DAY
Two long-running sitcoms premiered in 1984: “The Cosby Show” on NBC and“Who’s The Boss?” on ABC. Both aired for eight seasons…Also debuting: CBS sitcom “You’ll Never Get Rich” in 1955 (which was eventually retitled “The Phil Silvers Show”), ABC variety hour “The Captain and Tennille” in 1976, and NBC science fiction drama “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” in 1979….The phrase “jump the shark” originated in 1977 when “Fonzie” (Henry Winkler) responds to a challenge and jumps over a shark (wearing swim trunks and his trademark leather jacket) in the conclusion of a three-part episode of ABC’s “Happy Days” in 1977. Although “jump the shark” is normally synonymous with the beginning of the end of any series, “Happy Days” actually survived for another six seasons…Celebrity Birthdays: Actress Sophia Loren is 83; season 11 “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips is 27.

Did You Know?:

George Kennedy, who served in the US army, was a technical advisor for“The Phil Silvers Show.” He was also given a bit part, the first acting role of his screen career…”Who’s The Boss?” debuted in the same season as“Three’s Company” spin-off “Three’s a Crowd, starring John Ritter. Both were on the fence and ABC decided to only keep one of the two on the air past the freshman season. Since “Who’s The Boss” was the fresher concept, it got the vote of confidence.
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OPINION

“This Is Us,” the Biggest New Hit Series in Decades, Gears Up for Season 2
From Campaign US: If you’re one of those obsessed fans of NBC’s “This Is Us,” — and admit it…you are — season two returns next Tuesday. Unlike the “cooler” shows, where death and destruction, superheroes and arch villains, and blood and gore take precedence, what sets “This Is Us” apart is the relatable characters and the simplicity of the storytelling.

At a time when the future of traditional network television is marred by uncertainty, the breakout success of “This Is Us,” both in audience size and critical acclaim, solidifies the value of an outlet like NBC. Reminiscent of “thirtysomething” three decades earlier, when those fresh-out-of-their-20s yuppies pondered the true meaning of life, I had the chance to speak to Ken Olin, who is now an executive producer and director on “This Is Us.” Olin, who was also a behind-the-scenes force on 2006-11 ABC family drama “Brothers & Sisters,” knows a thing or two about tugging on those proverbial heartstrings.

Naturally, I had to ask him about how patriarch Jack Pearson, played by Milo Ventimiglia, died. Speaking for the fans of “This Is Us,” we want to know! Olin, not surprisingly, was mum on that subject, but he did hint when exactly that mystery will solved. For more, click here

It’s Time for “Big Brother” to Twist Itself Back to Basics
It was the middle of June 2017 and we were introduced to the 16 new house-guests of “Big Brother 19.” The prospects for a new season were promising, especially considering there were more people aged 30 years old or above than in any previous season — one of whom (Jason) exhibited lots of enthusiasm and another (Christmas) who had an incredible life story.

And, then, the show invited one more person into the house…Paul Abrahamian.

The 24-year-old fashion designer and musician from Tarzana, California was first introduced to “Big Brother” fans in 2016, having competed in the series’ 18th season. Despite residing with four returning players at the start and being nominated for eviction six times, he managed to last all the way to finale night and missed winning the grand prize by one mere jury vote. For more, clickhere

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Tuesday 9/19/17
Note: Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach are excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.1/12, CBS: 3.8/ 6, ABC: 1.7/ 3, Fox: 1.2/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded because the 2016-17 season had just begun.

Ratings Breakdown:
It was all about NBC as a result of the final live “America’s Got Talent” performance show, which rose to a hefty 8.9 rating/15 share in households from 8-10 p.m. In a season chock full of stellar talent, my pick to win the $1 million tonight is the amazing Darcy Lynne Farmer. The “America’s Got Talent” season-ender this evening competes with the two-hour “Big Brother” finale on CBS and two episodes of “MasterChef” on Fox (including the season finale). For more on “Big Brother,” click here 

Airing out of “America’s Got Talent” was 10 p.m. special “The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace” (#2: 3.4/ 7), which dipped by a hefty 63 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion of “AGT” (9.2/15). Personally speaking, I don’t think the return of “Will & Grace” will warrant the interest NBC is counting on.

Also at 10 p.m. was the season (or series) finale of ABC drama “Somewhere in Time” at a ,ere 1.4/ 3. I would not count on a second season. Elsewhere, the remainder of the evening was in repeats.

Fans of NBC’s “This is Us”: just six days until the sophomore season premiere. For my Q&A with “This is Us” producer and director Ken Olin, click here

For the complete listing for the five broadcast networks by half-hour for Tuesday, Sept. 19, click here
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Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 9/11/17: Click here
-Tuesday 9/12/17: Click here
-Wednesday 9/13/17: Click here
-Thursday 9/14/17: Click here
-Friday 9/15/17: Click here

National Ratings in Primetime – Week of Sept. 11, 2017
What follows are the Live + Same Day results for the five broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW – for the week of September 11. Change versus the comparable year-ago period appears in parentheses:

-Total Viewers:

NBC: 7.04 million (-19), Fox: 5.70 (+107), CBS: 5.45 (-28), ABC: 3.75 (-27), CW: 920,000 (-12)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 2.3 rating/7 share (-21), Fox: 1.9/ 6 (+111), CBS: 1.8/ 6 (-28), ABC: 1.2/ 4 (-29), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
Fox:  2.2/ 7 (+120), NBC: 2.2/ 7 (-24), CBS: 1.4/ 5 (-42), ABC: 1.2/ 4 (-20), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:
Fox: 1.3/ 7 (+117), NBC: 1.3/ 7 (-28), CBS: 0.7/ 3 (-50), ABC: 0.6/ 3 (-25), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)

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Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

HGTV Orders “Flip or Flop Paradise”
HGTV has greenlit new half-hour “Flip or Flop Paradise,” the newest installment of the growing “Flip or Flop” franchise. Currently slated for premiere in April 2018, the eight-episode series will follow real estate investors and expert flippers David and Chenoa Rivera as they renovate rundown homes in the charming small town of Paradise, California.

The “Flop or Flop” franchise, which started with Tarek and Christina El Moussa flipping houses in Southern California, now also includes “Flip or Flop Vegas” and “Flip or Flop Atlanta,” while “Flip or Flop Fort Worth” will premiere on Nov. 2, 2017 and “Flip or Flop Nashville” and Flip or Flop Chicago” in 2018.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

HBO Renews “The Deuce” for Season 2
Just two episodes in and HBO has greenlit 1970s New York-based period piece “The Deuce” for a second season. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the show chronicles the rise of the porn culture in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. Titled after the local slang for the city’s fabled 42nd Street, “The Deuce” explores the rough-and-tumble world of the sex trade from the moment when both a liberalizing cultural revolution in American sexuality and new legal definitions of obscenity created a billion-dollar industry that is now an elemental component of the American cultural landscape.

The show’s title is derived from the nickname for 42nd Street between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue. The number of new episodes ordered was not confirmed, but there are eight in season one.

NEWS OF NOTE

TV Tuesday Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci reviews “Marvel’s The Inhumans” and “Star Trek: Discovery.” To listen, click here

The Best and Worst TV Programs of Summer 2017
With just six days until the official start of the new TV season on Sept. 25th, let’s take a look back at the best—and the worst—shows of the summer. Clickhere

INSTANT REPLAYS

Top Five “Press Your Luck” Moments
On September 19, 1983, CBS debuted the daytime game show “Press Your Luck.” It was the most memorable revival of the original ABC’s ‘Second Chance’ from 1977. The classic game show that involved Big Bucks and Whammies only lasted three years on the Eye network but rose to prominence in afternoon reruns on USA Network from 1987 to 1995. For a look at the top 5 moments, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Fusion will air primetime special “The Root 100 2017” on Tuesday, Nov. 21, which will honor the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45, whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation. The 2017 honorees will be recognized at The Root 100 Gala at Guastavinos in New York City on November 9, 2017. For the complete list, clickhere 

PI POLLS
Who do you think will win “America’s Got Talent” on NBC? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“America’s Got Talent” on NBC concludes for the season into the two episode return of sitcom “The Good Place”…Also concluding for the season: “Big Brother” and drama “Salvation” on CBS and “MasterChef” on Fox,“Wahlburgers” on A&E, “The Sinner” on USA…”Are You the One” returns on MTV…For the complete listing for Wednesday, Sept. 20, click here

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
ON THIS DAY
Mary Tyler Moore “made it after all” in her self-titled CBS comedy, which premiered in 1970.  It aired for seven seasons and spun-off “Rhoda,” “Phyllis” and “Lou Grant”…Other notable series premieres: “Highway to Heaven” on NBC in 1984, syndicated action/adventure “Renegade” in 1992,“ER” on NBC in 1994, “Judging Amy” on CBS in 1999, and Eye net sitcom“How I Met Your Mother” in 2005…Celebrity Birthdays: “NCIS” star David McCallum is 84; Former “Emergency!” star Randolph Mantooth is 72; Oscar winner Jeremy Irons is 69; model Twiggy is 68; “Real Housewife” Kim Richards is 53; country singer Trisha Yearwood is also 53; NBC’s Jimmy Fallonis 43; daytime soap star and “The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney is 41.

Did You Know?:
Although “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is credited for being the first sitcom to focus on a single, independent woman, that distinction actually goes to“That Girl, which starred Marlo Thomas and aired on ABC from 1996-71…“ER, which ran for 15 seasons, was the top-rated show in all of primetime in the 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1998-99 seasons.  Overall, it finished in the Top 5 from 1994 to 2003 and is the longest running medical drama in the history of television…If you grew up in the “Brady Bunch” era, you might remember Kim Richards as little Prudence Everett on 1970-71 ABC sitcom “Nanny and the Professor.” 

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Monday 9/18/17
Note: Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach are excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.2/10, NBC: 3.0/ 5, CBS: 2.9/ 5, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Note: Sept. 19, 2016 was the official start of the 2016-17 TV season
ABC: + 2, CW: -14, Fox: -41, CBS: -57, NBC: -58

-Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy Monday overnight victory for ABC care of the season-premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” which topped the night at a 7.6 rating/12 share in households from 8-10 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was right on par with the year-ago evening (which was the first official night of the 2016-17 TV season, featuring the return of NBC’s “The Voice,” CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and other original programs). So, the better comparison was the year-ago season-opener of “Dancing with the Stars” on Sept. 12, 2016, which averaged an 8.6/14 in the household overnights. And that translated into 12.18 million viewers and a 2.1 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. In other words, “Dancing with the Stars” is down, but still solid.

Proof lead-in still matters was the season-finale of ABC game show “To Tell the Truth,” which out of “Dancing with the Stars” rose to a summer high 3.5/6 (#1) at 10 p.m. Opposite “To Tell the Truth” was the season (or series) finale of NBC drama “Midnight, Texas” at a mere 1.7/ 3 (#3), which certainly does not bode well for renewal.

Also concluding for the season last night was demo friendly “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC at a 3.7/ 6 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. Also featured in the block was Fox’s tired “So You Think You Can Dance” at a 1.7/ 3. The rest of the evening was all repeats.

For the complete listing for the five broadcast networks by half-hour for Monday, Sept. 18, click here
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Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 9/11/17: Click here
-Tuesday 9/12/17: Click here
-Wednesday 9/13/17: Click here
-Thursday 9/14/17: Click here
-Friday 9/15/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fox to Develop a TV Series Version of James Cameron’s “True Lies”
“True Lies,” the 1994 action comedy with Arnold Schwarzenegger from director James Cameron, could be following in the same path as “Lethal Weapon” this season. Fox  has given a put pilot commitment for an hour-long reboot of the film, which comes from McG, “Arrow” co-creator Marc Guggeheim, Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The original film also starred Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, Art Malik, Eliza Dushku and Grant Heslov, and it followed U.S. government agent Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger) as he balanced his life as a spy with his familial duties.

“True Lies” is certainly not the only reboot in the works. Also in contention at present is a live action version of “The Jetsons” at NBC, “The Munsters” and a female-led “Greatest American Hero” at ABC, and  “Starsky and Hutch” at Amazon. What could be next?

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Pop Renews “Hollywood Darlings” for Season Two
Pop has issued a second season renewal to docuseries “Hollywood Darlings,” which follows real-life friends and former child stars Jodie Sweetin (“Full House,” “Fuller House”), Beverley Mitchell (“7th Heaven”) and Christine Lakin (“Step By Step”).

On the next season, Sweetin, the mother of two young girls, has recently wrapped production on season three of “Fuller House” and is in production on the upcoming Hallmark movie “Finding Santa. Mitchell, who is married with two kids, recently appeared on ABC’s revival of “Battle of the Network Stars.” And Lakin, a new mom and wife, is filming a role in the drama “I Am That Man,” along with co-hosting “Worst Ever Podcast.”

E! Cancels “Mariah’s World”
E! has opted against a second season of docuseries “Mariah’s World,” featuring Mariah Carey. Debuting on December 4, 2016, the eight-episode series followed the life of the singer as she began her The Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour around Europe and planned to get married. The network has initially planned to run it for only one season.

HGTV Picks Up New Season “Love it Or List It”
HGTV has announced 20 new episodes of “Love It or List It,” featuring designer Hilary Farr and real estate expert David Visentin. The series follows the duo as they help homeowners decide to either love their existing newly renovated home by Hilary or purchase a perfect home that David finds to meet all their needs. The new season is scheduled to premiere in July 2018.

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Entertainment Studios Launches Sports.TV
Independent production company and distributor Entertainment Studios has announced the launch of its new, direct-to-consumer global streaming OTT subscription platform, Sports.TV, which it is projecting will reach 50 million worldwide subscribers over the next five years. Sports.TV has aggregated high-profile and independent sports networks on one platform, connecting real sports fans to their favorite regional, national, and global sports channels, teams, games, players, highlights, and scores on every device worldwide. Sports.TV will be available on all devices — including smartphones, tablets, smart televisions, gaming consoles, as well as personal computers and laptops.

“The appetite for live sports programming is insatiable, and consumers worldwide are making it very clear they want to access this content on every device, wherever they go,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Entertainment Studios. “Sports.TV is an innovative global OTT subscription service that aggregates both live sports networks and premium sports content on one digital platform, giving our subscribers complete access to all of their favorite teams and players on every device worldwide.”

The Best and Worst TV Programs of Summer 2017
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EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anhelo Reyes has been named to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing for Paramount Network, which launches in January 2018. In her new position, Reyes will be responsible for driving the development and execution of all brand and franchise consumer marketing strategy including overseeing all off-channel marketing with paid media, events and promotions, and promotional partnerships. She will also be charged with developing the digital strategy to drive growth and engagement across Paramount Network’s owned and operated platforms. Reyes most recently served as Vice President, Brand Marketing and Activation for Spike TV (soon to be Paramount Network).

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Season two of Crackle drama “StartUp, starring Martin Freeman as Phil Rask, an FBI Agent who finds himself hunting down GenCoin, an unregulated gobal cryptocurrency, in search of money that’s owed to him, will be available for streaming on Thursday, Sept. 28. The 10-episode, one-hour original drama picks up on the streets of Miami following the takeover of GenCoin. With their startup now in the hands of the Russian Mob, our unlikely trio, Izzy Morales, Ronald Dacey, and Nick Talman, reinvest in their partnership and launch an exciting new endeavor, a darknet prototype called ArakNet. But as their decentralized network begins to grow, so too does the peril, the corruption, and the moral turpitude.

“Star Talk with Neil deGrasse,” the first-ever science based talk show on television, will return with the first of 20 new episodes on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 11 p.m. ET. Guests in this upcoming season will include Katy Perry, Stephen Colbert, Lance Armstrong, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Katie Couric, Kevin Smith, Sylvia Earle, Fabien Cousteau, Adrien Grenier and filmmaker James Cameron.

Showtime will debut documentary “George Michael: Freedom” onSaturday, Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET. The film will span of his entire career, concentrating on the formative period in the late Grammy Award winner’s life and career, leading up to and following the making of his best-selling album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1” and his subsequent and infamous court battle with his record label that followed.  Filmed before Michael’s untimely passing, the documentary is narrated by the singer and features unseen archival and private home footage. The film also features interviews with Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden and Tony Bennett. For a preview, click here

PI POLLS
Who do you think will be the first celebrity to depart from ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ this season? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
NBC offers “Will & Grace Paley Special”…ABC summer drama “Somewhere Between” concludes…Season premieres: “If Loving You is Wrong” on OWN,“The Little Couple” and “7 Little Johnstons” on TLC…Season finales:“Being Mary Jane” on BET, “The Filthy Rich Guide” on CNBC, “The Night with My Ex” on Bravo, “Ink Master” on Spike TV and “So Sharp” on Lifetime…For the complete listing for Tuesday, Sept. 19, click here 
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Just One Actress

Which one of the following TV characters was played by only one actress?

a) Bobbie Jo Bradley
b) Ciji Dunne
c) Paige Thatcher
d) Jenna Wade
e) Harriette Winslow

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following five TV kids was first season it his or her show’s final season?

a) Serena Burton – “The Waltons”
b) Dorothy “Dodie” Douglas – “My Three Sons”
c) Olivia Kendall – “The Cosby Show”
d) Ricky Stevens – “The Partridge Family”
e) Seven Wanker – “Married with Children”

…Is: d) Ricky Stevens. Played by four-year-old Ricky Segall, next door neighbor Ricky would pop by to sing a song off key for no apparent reason. After 10 episodes of this torture, this little Ricky stayed home and was never seen again. For a look, click here

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Programming Insider


Monday, September 18, 2017
ON THIS DAY
ABC sitcom “The Patty Duke Show” launched in 1963. It aired for three seasons…Barbara Eden debuted as a 2,000 year-old (but remarkably well preserved) genie on NBC sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie” in 1965. It ran for five seasons…In 1969, Tiny Tim announced his engagement to Miss Vicki on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Tiptoe through the weird tulips!…CBS sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” began its four season run in 1978. It was revived in first-run syndication as “The New WKRP in Cincinnati” in the fall of 1991…ABC action/drama “Hardcastle and McCormick,” starring Brian Keith and Daniel Hugh Kelly, launched in 1983. It aired for three seasons…Celebrity Birthdays: Aisha Tyler is 47; actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 46; “SNL’s” Jason Sudeikis is 42.

Did You Know?:
ABC was interested in a fourth season of “The Patty Duke Show, but the production company, United Artists Television, refused the network’s demands to switch to color. ABC also wanted to shift the sitcom’s production from New York to Los Angeles, but Patty Duke, who was then 18, nixed the idea…Rumor has it that the producers of “I Dream of Jeannie” wanted to replace co-starLarry Hagman with Darren McGavin because he was difficult to work with. There was even a proposed episode written to address the change in casting, but Hagman remained Tony Nelson and rose to greater fame as J.R. Ewing on CBS’ “Dallas.

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This Week’s Celebrity Guests:
Byron Allen, Louie Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias,
Jackee, Natasha Legerro and Jon Lovitz

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Sunday 9/17/17
Note: Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach are excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 9.8/16, NBC: 9.1/15, CBS: 7.5/13, ABC: 2.1/ 4

-Percent Change From the Comparable Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +654, CBS: -10, NBC: -13, ABC: -71

-Ratings Breakdown:
Football last night prevailed over “The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” on CBS, which scored an 8.2 rating/14 share in the household overnights form8-11 p.m. While that was almost identical to the 8.4/13 on ABC on the year-ago evening, last year’s telecast was also the smallest audience for any “Emmy Awards” telecast on record with 11.38 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data). For the complete listing of winners, click here

The 34 to 23 victory for the Atlanta Falcons over the Green Bay Packers averaged an estimated 12.6/21 on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” from 8:30-11:30 p.m. As always, results for any live sporting event are always estimated.

On Fox, a 15.6/29 for the half-hour primetime football overrun at 7 p.m. into a 14.6/26 for pre-game “The OT” at 7:30 p.m. (both approximate) offered ample lead-in support to episode two of “The Orville.” This second Sunday night telecast of “The Orville” averaged an estimated 9.4/15 in the 8 p.m. hour, which is a 68 percent improvement from the already solid 5.6/ 9 debut one week earlier. Of course, “The Orville” will come down to earth, so to speak, when it launches in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour out of the season-premiere of moderately rated “Gotham” this week.

Also in originals last night was “60 Minutes” on CBS (#1: 5.4/10 at 7 p.m.) and ABC game shows “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (#4: 1.9/ 3 at 9 p.m.) and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (#3: 2.0/ 3 at 10 p.m.), which could not compete opposite football and “The Emmys.”

For the complete listing for the five broadcast networks by half-hour for Sunday, Sept. 17, click here
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Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 9/11/17: Click here
-Tuesday 9/12/17: Click here
-Wednesday 9/13/17: Click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Friday 9/15/17: Click here
-Saturday 9/16/17: Click here

Solid Sampling for Fox’s “The Orville” Preview
Airing in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour out of “Gotham” this fall is not a recipe for great traditional ratings success. The audience will surely be limited. But the premiere/preview of Fox’s one-hour space adventure series “The Orville,” created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, out of an NFL doubleheader did indeed get sampled last Sunday, Sept. 10. Fox is reporting 11.3million viewers across all platforms, which is a 31 percent from the Live + Same day tally. Comparably, this marks the largest debut for any series on Fox since “Empire” on January 7, 2015, and its most-watched telecast since “Empire’s” mid-season premiere on March 22, 2017.

Across Fox NOW and Hulu, “The Orville’s” three-day streaming average audience amounted to 650,000 viewers, making it the most-streamed new Fox drama premiere in three years (since “Gotham” on Sept. 22, 2014) and new Fox premiere in two years (since “Scream Queens” on Sept. 22, 2015) .

Among target men 18-34, “The Orville” delivered a 2.8 rating/13 share, based on the Live + Same Day data, also Fox’s highest-rated broadcast drama debut since “Empire.”

“The Orville” debuts in its Thursday 9 p.m. time period on September 21.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEWS OF NOTE

The 69th Annual Emmy Awards…And the Winners Were
NBC’s veteran “Saturday Night Live” capped off its highest-rated season in years as the most honored program on “The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” with nine trophies. Included were Emmys for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon in the supporting comedy categories. McKinnon also won last year. Next with eight Emmy wins was Hulu drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” including Outstanding Drama and Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd as Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actress in a Drama, respectively.

HBO was the most awarded network, with 29 total wins. Big scorers at HBO include “Little Big Lies” for Outstanding Limited Series and Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern as Lead Actress and Supporting Actress; and “Veep” for Outstanding Comedy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Lead Actress in a Comedy. With six consecutive wins in the category, Louis-Dreyfus has made the record books for the most Emmy victories for the same role. This win has also tied her with Cloris Leachman, who before this telecast held the record for most Primetime Emmys wins by a single performer (with eight).

Second for the night in total wins was Netflix with 20, following by NBC with 15 and Hulu with 10.

Double honored was Donald Glover of FX comedy “Atlanta” for Outstanding Lead Actor and Directing for a Comedy. And back in the winner’s circle for the second straight year was Sterling K. Brown, this time for Lead Actor in a Drama for NBC’s “This Is Us.”

For the complete listing of winners, click here

The Best and Worst TV Programs of Summer 2017
With 17 days until the official start of the new TV season on Sept. 25th, let’s take a look back at the best—and the worst—shows of the summer. Click here

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

TLC Announces Digital Series “Training Spaces”
TLC will air six episodes of a digital series called “Training Spaces” as a precursor to the revival of “Trading Spaces,” featuring the three new designers, John Gidding, Kahi Lee and Sabrina Soto, who will complete five design challenges to ensure they are ready to join the “Trading Spaces” team. The tasks will not only test their design skills, but also how well they can work under extreme time constraints while flexing their creative muscles. The logline: With a limited amount of time to complete their design masterpiece, the rookies will be racing against the clock.  In addition, new carpenters, Brett Tutor and Joanie Dodd’s assignment will be to build something unexpected in a short amount of time.

“Trading Spaces” is produced by Endemol Shine North America subsidiary Authentic Entertainment and is based on Endemol Shine UK format ‘Changing Rooms’, which was a top rated hit for the BBC for almost a decade achieving up to 12 million viewers and sold to 12 territories internationally.

INSTANT REPLAYS

Larry David: Not a Fan of Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, ‘Okay’ with 2017 Jets Going 0-16
Larry David, the co-creator of “Seinfeld,” called in to the New York sports radio show, “The Michael Kay Show” (simulcast on the YES Network) on Sep. 15 to promote the Oct. 1 return of his HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” after a six-year hiatus.

During the conversation, David discussed the New York Yankees (beginning at the 3:40 mark in the clip) and how he has enjoyed watching them play this year despite not being a fan of manager Joe Girardi,

Later, talk turned to David’s favorite football team, the New York Jets (beginning at the 7:30 mark). He wasn’t bothered by the team’s poor play versus the Buffalo Bills on Sep. 10, and wouldn’t mind seeing them lose every game for the rest of this regular season. For a look, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm, starring Larry David, will return for its 10-episode ninth season on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET. Returning for the long-awaited new season are Jeff Garlin as Jeff, Susie Essman as Susie, J.B. Smoove as Leon and Cheryl Hines as Cheryl, along with Richard Lewis, Bob Einstein, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

PI POLLS
What grade would you give Stephen Colbert as host of “The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards”? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Dancing with the Stars” returns on ABC…PBS debuts film “The Vietnam War” from Ken Burns…Season finales: ABC’s “To Tell the Truth; “American Ninja Warrior” and drama Midnight, Texas” on NBC, “Hooten & the Lady” on The CW…”Fashion Police” on E! critiques “The Primetime Emmy Awards”…The Detroit Lions face the New York Giants on Monday Night Football” on ESPN…For the complete listing for Monday, Sept. 18, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
The Cousin Oliver Club

Which one of the following five TV kids did not appear on his or her show until the final season?

a) Serena Burton – “The Waltons”
b) Dorothy “Dodie” Douglas – “My Three Sons”
c) Olivia Kendall – “The Cosby Show”
d) Ricky Stevens – “The Partridge Family”
e) Seven Wanker – “Married with Children”
f) they all were

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following series did not feature a wedding in the final episode?

a) “Beverly Hills, 90210”
b) “Happy Days”
c) “MASH”
d) “The Office”
e) “Who’s the Boss?”
f) All of them

…Is: e) “Who’s the Boss?”. The 8-season sitcom ended with Tony (Tony Danza) returning to Connecticut as he knocks on the door, Angela (Judith Light) answers in her bathrobe, and the two get back together again. The initial plan was for the pair to get married in the middle of that final season, but that was nixed by the producers for fear it would hurt the off-network syndication value.

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Friday, September 15, 2017
ON THIS DAY
Four series of note debuted: Western “The Lone Ranger” on ABC in 1949;“Lost in Space” and “Green Acres, both on CBS in 1965; and NBC’s “L.A. Law” in 1986. A new version of “Lost in Space” will debut on Netflix in 2018, with an order for 10 episodes…Peter Falk made his first appearance as Lt. Columbo in 1971 on the “NBC Sunday Mystery Movie”…Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) discovered never-before-seen hubby Lars was having an affair on CBS’ “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1973, which featured the introduction of Betty White as “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens…Celebrity Birthdays:  Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones is 71; director Oliver Stone is also 71; Reality star Lisa Vanderpump is 57; England’s Prince Harry is 33.

Did You Know?:
“Green Acres, starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, was not a spin-off from “Petticoat Junction.” Although both CBS sitcoms were set in fictional Hooterville and featured crossover appearances, the characters of Oliver and Lisa Douglas were introduced on “Green Acres.”

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Today’s Celebrity Guests:
Anthony Anderson, Dave Coulier, Jon Lovitz,
Caroline Rhea, Sherri Shepherd and Pauly Shore

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Thursday 9/14/17
Note: Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach are excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.4/ 6, CBS: 3.1/ 6, NBC: 2.6/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +55, CW: +50, NBC: +30, Fox: +20, CBS: -62

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC scored a rare Thursday household overnight victory as a result of two-hour ABC News special,  “Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson,” which scored a 3.3 rating/6 share from 9-11 p.m.

Top-rated for the evening among the original entries was CBS’ “Big Brother” (#1: 3.9/ 7 at 9 p.m.), aka “The Paul Show,” which is down to the expected three houseguests. If Paul faces Christmas in the final two, his scheming and lies might cost him the game. And, if he faces Josh, he will likely win with ease. Another edition of “Big Brother” airs this evening at 8 p.m., with the two-hour season-ender next Wednesday. Note to Allison Grodner: please use the extra half-hour in the finale to also include those early players who did not get to the jury. I am sure Jessica and Dominique have plenty to say. And note to entire crew on “Big Brother”: it was yet another addictive season!

In season-finale news were Fox game shows “Beat Shazam” (#4: 1.8/ 3) and “Love Connection” (#4: 1.7/ 3), which were at typical overnight household levels. Also original was CBS drama “Zoo” (#3: 1.6/ 3 at 10 p.m.), which is not expected to see a fourth season, and The CW’s combination of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and the 9 p.m. half-hour portion of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: 0.8/ 1).

For the complete listing for the five broadcast networks by half-hour for Thursday, Sept. 14, click here
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Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of Sept. 4, 2017
What follows is the Live Plus Same Day rating results for the holiday week of Sept. 4 for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW (with change versus the year-ago period in parentheses). NFL Football on NBC Thursday gave the network a huge advantage.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 10.51 million (- 5), CBS: 4.57 (+ 8), Fox: 4.37 (+11), ABC: 4.16 (- 7), CW: 950,000 (-13)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 3.2 rating/12 share (- 3), Fox: 1.4/ 5 (+ 8), ABC: 1.1 4 (no change), CBS: 0.8/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 3.8/12 (- 5), Fox: 1.7/ 5 (+13), ABC: 1.3/ 4 (- 7), CBS: 1.1/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 2.4/12 (-11), Fox: 1.1/ 5 (+10), ABC: 0.8/ 4 (no change), CBS: 0.5/ 2 (no change). CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)
 
Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Showtime Greenlights Jim Carrey Comedy “Kidding”
Showtime has announced the pick-up of new half-hour comedy series called “Kidding,” starring Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show”) in his first series regular role in more than two decades and reuniting him with Oscar winner Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), who will direct the project.

In “Kidding,” Carrey plays Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

Ten episodes of “Kidding” have been ordered.

History Orders Drama “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton”
History has picked-up a six-episode scripted drama series called “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton,” based on Peter Baker’s New York Times bestseller. Described as a political thriller, “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton” is described as an intimate depiction of how one of the nation’s biggest political scandals unfolded – from the revelation that President Clinton was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, through the political combat that saw Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Prosecutor Ken Starr, Congressman Bob Livingston and many others dominating the national headlines. “

For the first time, viewers will be taken inside Republican and Democrat war rooms, revealing the infighting among the President’s advisors, the secret back-channel negotiations between the White House and Congress, Tom DeLay’s strategy to force President Clinton out of office, and the Democrats’ pressure for Clinton to resign. The aftershocks of this scandal still reverberate through the government and the world to this day.

The series will be executive produced and directed by R.J. Cutler and is from FremantleMedia North America in association with A+E Studios. Casting is currently underway.

YouTube Announces New Non-Scripted Series “Training Days”
YouTube  has greenlit a comedy themed non-scripted series from Fulwell 73 tentatively titled “Training Days” that celebrates football (soccer) and its biggest stars off the field, relaxed and having a laugh. “Training Days” will be executive produced by James Corden, Ben Winston, Gabe Turner and Leo Pearlman. Turner will also serve as both director and showrunner.

The 10-week series will debut exclusively on YouTube to fans around the world in the spring of 2018. This will be the first advertising-supported original series born out of Europe as well! For more information, click here

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Trevor Noah to Host Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” Until 2022
Comedy Central has extended Trevor Noah’s contract by five years, taking him to 2022 as host of late night’s “The Daily Show.” Noah inherited the hosting chair in September 2015 when he took over for Jon Stewart. Under the terms of the deal, Noah will stay on as host, writer and executive producer of “The Daily Show” and will produce and host annual year-end specials, starting this year.

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INSTANT REPLAYS

Cleveland Indians Set New MLB Record of 22 Consecutive Wins
From Aug. 24 thru Sept. 13, the Cleveland Indians had dominated their opposition during their extraordinary 21-game winning streak. Yesterday, the Kansas City Royals were one strike away from snapping that streak in Cleveland. But the Indians’ star young shortstop Francisco Lindor tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning, leading to victory. For a look, click here

NEWS OF NOTE

“Sopranos” Actor Frank Vincent Dies at 80
Frank Vincent, a veteran character actor remembered for his role as mobster Phil Leotardo on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” died on Wednesday at age 80. No cause of death was given.

Born Frank Vincent Gattuso Jr. on April 15, 1937 in North Adams, Massachusetts and raised in Jersey City, Vincent started as a musician, playing drums for such acts as Paul Anka and Del Shannon. He was spotted by Martin Scorsese and cast in “Raging Bull” after making his film debut in the 1976 movie “The Death Collector,” which featured another Scorsese regular, Joe Pesci. Over the years he guest starred in numerous TV series, including “Civil Wars,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Law & Order” and “NYPD Blue.” In 2006, Vincent wrote the nonfiction book “A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man.”

He is survived by his wife Katherine; daughters Debra and Maria; son Anthony; two grandchildren; and three siblings.

NAMIC Names Katrina M. Adams the 2017 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award Recipient
The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) announced Katrina M. Adams, the first African-American and youngest Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), as the recipient of the 2017 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award. Adams will be honored, along with the previously announced 2017 Next Generation Leaders and Luminaries, at the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference during the NAMIC Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 11:45 a.m. ET at the New York Marriott Marquis.

“Katrina M. Adams’ personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as head of the USTA and executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis & Education program is an inspiration to us all,” said NAMIC President and CEO Eglon E. Simons. “In addition, her trailblazing work advancing the concerns of people of color – in the sports and entertainment industries – makes her the quintessential Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award honoree.”

NAMIC’s Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award was established in 1992 to commemorate anti-poverty activist George Thomas “Mickey” Leland, an eponymous Texas Congressman and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, for his lifelong advocacy for social justice and equality for people around the world.

The Ultimate U.S. “Celebrity Big Brother” Wish List
The recent announcement of the first-ever U.S. edition of “Celebrity Big Brother,” slated for a condensed run in the winter of 2018 on CBS, has led many “Big Brother” fans to ponder and suggest the stars they’d like to see in the house. For Douglas Pucci’s picks, click here

“Architects of Denial”: A Must See Validation of the Armenian Genocide
Painstakingly documenting the Armenian genocide (or what is also known as the Armenian Holocaust), documentary feature “Architects of Denial” goes in search of the sheer acknowledgement of this tragic piece of history. But admitting to these wrongdoings from yesteryear, something the mainstream media and the average American were once oblivious to, does not come without its ongoing – and surprising – present day controversy.

Executive produced by former daytime talk show host Montel Williams and actor Dean Cain, and directed by David Lee George, “Architects of Denial” tackles the organized mass murder of an estimated 1.5 million Christian citizens, most of them Armenian, by the Ottoman Empire during World War I (between 1915 and 1923), and the resistance by the Turkish government, the successor of the Ottoman Empire, and other authoritative bodies (including the United States) to admit this did indeed occur. For more, click here

The Best and Worst TV Programs of Summer 2017
With 17 days until the official start of the new TV season on Sept. 25th, let’s take a look back at the best—and the worst—shows of the summer. Click here

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci handicaps the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards. To listen, click here

SCHEDULES

2017 College Football Week 3 TV and Broadcast Schedule
In prime time tomorrow, two of ACC’s premiere teams, the defending national champions Clemson Tigers and the Louisville Cardinals (that featured last year’s Heisman Trophy award-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson) face off on ABC’s “Saturday Night Football”. Airing directly opposite that game on Fox is the Texas Longhorns at the USC Trojans, which is the first time these two teams have met since their classic national championship at the Rose Bowl in Jan. 2006 (which featured Texas’ Vince Young, USC’s Reggie Bush and USC’s Matt Leinart).

For the  week 3 college football regular season schedule featuring the Top 25 teams (according to the weekly Associated Press poll), including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers click here

2017 NFL Week 2 TV and Broadcast Schedule 
The marquee match-up of Week 2 of the 2017 National Football League regular season is a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game when the Green Bay Packers visit the Atlanta Falcons on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”. Atlanta had soundly defeated Green Bay 44-21 on Jan. 22 at the old Georgia Dome. OnSept. 17, the two teams will play in Atlanta’s new home, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium that has a retractable roof.

For the complete Week 2 NFL regular season schedule, including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“The Jellies,” a quarter-hour animated series created that follows a family of jellyfish, including their 16-year-old human son, Cornell. When Cornell learns that he was adopted at birth, will launch on Adult Swim on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 12:15 a.m. ET. .

PI POLLS
Big Brother Top 3 – Who do you want to win? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
CBS airs the “11th Annual ACM Honors” out of a Friday edition of “Big Brother”…Netflix debuts “American Vandal”…Season premieres: “Project mc2” and “Veggietales” on Netflix; “Tackle My Ride” and “A Football Life” on NFLN; and “Kindred Spirits” on TLC…For the complete listing for Friday, Sept. 14, click here

 

Programming Insider


Thursday, September 14, 2017
ON THIS DAY
“My Mother the Car,” one of the worst sitcoms in the history of television, debuted on NBC in 1965. It lasted on painful season…NBC detective drama“Ironside, starring Raymond Burr, premiered in 1967. It ran for eight seasons and was briefly revived with Blair Underwood, also on NBC, in the fall of 2013…CBS family drama “The Waltons” began its nine-season run  in 1972. Six made-for television movies followed…“Happy Days” spin-off “Mork & Mindy” opened in 1978…Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made headlines by guest starring on the third season-opener of CBS’ “Here’s Lucy”in 1970…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”) is 70; “Shark Tank’s” Robert Herjavec is 54; “The Walking Dead” star Andrew Lincoln is 44.

Did You Know?:
After  a third-place finish overall for its first season, optimistic ABC made the mistake of moving “Mork & Mindy” from the Thursday 8 p.m. half-hour toSunday at 8 p.m. in season two (opposite “Archie Bunker’s Place” on CBS). The network also foolishly moved “Laverne & Shirley” and “Fantasy Island” from their protected lead-ins (“Happy Days” and “The Love Boat”) and all three series by midseason in 1979-80 were moved back to their established time periods. Unfortunately, none of the three shows fully rebounded.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Wednesday 9/13/17
Note: Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach markets are excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.9 rating/7 share, Fox: 2.9/ 5, CBS: 2.7/ 5, ABC: 2.1/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: + 5, Fox: – 6, CBS: – 7, CW: -37, NBC: -49

-Ratings Breakdown:
The one-hour live edition of “America’s Got Talent,” which concludes for the season next Thursday, lifted NBC to Wednesday overnight victory with a 7.3 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m. ET. Competing “Big Brother” on CBS, which concludes its season next Wednesday, was consistent at a 4.0/ 7 in the 8 p.m. hour, which bested the first of two episodes of “MasterChef” on Fox (2.7/ 5) by 48 percent.

In season (or series) finale news was “Marlon” on NBC at a typical 2.5/ 4 in the9:30 p.m. half-hour (#2). The 9 p.m. version scored a 3.1/ 5. Opposite “Marlon” was the second installment of Fox’s “MasterChef” at an improved 3.1/ 5, followed by modest CBS drama “Salvation” at a 2.1/ 4.

ABC featured a Wednesday 10 p.m. edition of “20/20,” which won the hour at a 2.3/ 4 in the household overnights. Also original, and opposite it, was a midweek edition of NBC drama “Midnight, Texas” at a third-place 1.6/ 3. Everything else for the evening was in repeats.

For the complete listing for the five broadcast networks by half-hour for Wednesday, Sept. 13, click here

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Over 9-Million Viewers for “American Horror Story: Cult” Season Opener
“American Horror Story: Cult,” the anthology series from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, drew 6.91 million total viewers and 4.56 million adults 18-49 for its premiere telecast on Tuesday, September 5th (from 10 PM-11:07 p.m.), based on the Live + Same Day data. Including two encore telecasts and all non-linear data currently available, “AHS: Cult” premiered to 9.01 million Total Viewers.

Comparably, the season premiere of “AHS: Cult” is now the second most-watched basic cable entertainment program of 2017 year-to-date in both total viewers and adults 18-49 – behind only “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

The premiere of “AHS: Cult” was also more time-shifted than any previous “AHS” premiere in both benchmarks.

“Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” Draws 15.7 Million Viewers
“Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief Telethon,” the live one-hour fundraiser in the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour, totaled 15.7 million viewers across ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Of the four networks, NBC drew the largest audience with 6.1 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49. The telethon was also carried live on multiple cable networks and live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Starz Orders Original Series “Vida”
Starz has greenlit a new series called “Vida” (formerly titled “Pour Vida”), a half-hour drama focusing on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.

Veronica Osorio (The Carmichael Show,” “Girlboss”) has been cast in the role of Emma; and Melissa Barrera (“Club de Cuervos,” “La Mujer de Judas”) will play her sister, Lyn.

Tanya Saracho (“How to Get Away With Murder,” “Looking,” “Girls”) will serve as showrunner for “Vida,”with Alonso Ruizpalacios (“Gueros”) directing the first episode. Big Beach TV will produce the series with executive producers Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf and Robin Schwartz. Lionsgate will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights, including broadcast, home entertainment and digital for the series.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Netflix Renews “Atypical” for Season Two
Netflix has greenlit dark comedy “Atypical” for a second season, with an order for 10 new episodes.  Available for streaming on August 11th, “Atypical” is a coming of age story from the point-of-view of Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum searching for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives while exploring the question: what does it really mean to be “normal”?

Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as Sam’s mother, Elsa, who is on a life-changing path as her son gains more independence. Michael Rapaport plays Sam’s father, Doug, who desires to better connect with and understand his son. Brigette Lundy-Paine plays Sam’s scrappy sister, Casey, and Amy Okuda plays his therapist, Julia.

“Atypical,” from Sony Pictures Television, was created, written and executive produced by Robia Rashid (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Will & Grace”).

NEWS OF NOTE

“Upstairs Downstairs” The Musical
Composer Stephen Endelman has acquired the rights to the iconic 1970s ITV drama “Upstairs Downstairs,” the precursor to “Downton Abbey,” and will convert it in a musical. Endelman (“De-Lovely”) nabbed the rights from co-creator John Whitney after striking up a friendship with his daughter, Fiona. In addition to Endelman, who is writing the music, the creative team will consist of other Los Angeles-based Brits including producer Adam Matalon, who is writing the book, and singer-songwriter Matt Goss, who will be the lyricist.

Hedge fund founder Reagan Silber is producing the musical, which will hold workshops in Los Angeles in November, and London in January. Other financial partners will become involved as the project develops.

“Other than technology, there’s very little difference between what is happening in the world today and what was going on then,” said Stephen Endelman of the show, which will use the classic “Upstairs Downstairs” characters to tell an original story set in 1911-12. “We’re still fighting; we still have a class system. I’m interested in exploring the genesis.”

The Ultimate U.S. “Celebrity Big Brother” Wish List
The recent announcement of the first-ever U.S. edition of “Celebrity Big Brother,” slated for a condensed run in the winter of 2018 on CBS, has led many “Big Brother” fans to ponder and suggest the stars they’d like to see in the house. For Douglas Pucci’s picks, click here

“Architects of Denial”: A Must See Validation of the Armenian Genocide
Painstakingly documenting the Armenian genocide (or what is also known as the Armenian Holocaust), documentary feature “Architects of Denial” goes in search of the sheer acknowledgement of this tragic piece of history. But admitting to these wrongdoings from yesteryear, something the mainstream media and the average American were once oblivious to, does not come without its ongoing – and surprising – present day controversy.

Executive produced by former daytime talk show host Montel Williams and actor Dean Cain, and directed by David Lee George, “Architects of Denial” tackles the organized mass murder of an estimated 1.5 million Christian citizens, most of them Armenian, by the Ottoman Empire during World War I (between 1915 and 1923), and the resistance by the Turkish government, the successor of the Ottoman Empire, and other authoritative bodies (including the United States) to admit this did indeed occur. For more, click here

The Best and Worst TV Programs of Summer 2017
With 17 days until the official start of the new TV season on Sept. 25th, let’s take a look back at the best—and the worst—shows of the summer. Click here

TV Tuesday Podcast
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Smithsonian Channel will debut “Make It Out Alive, a retelling of some of the world’s greatest disasters, on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET. Through dramatic recreations, rarely seen archival footage and personal survivor testimony, “Make it Out Alive” features incredible stories of survival and of the lives that were lost during these tragic, life-changing moments. The premiere episode, “Mount St. Helens,” brings viewers back to the May 18, 1980 volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens in Skamania County, Washington – the volcano’s first eruption in over a century.

Investigative series “Strange Evidence,” featuring a team of experts analyzing footage that seems to defy explanation, will debut on Science Channel on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. ET. The premiere episode examines footage taken from a convenience store in Kentucky of a customer who suddenly caught on fire.

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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
ABC News airs two-hour special, “Truth & Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson”…Game shows “Beat Shazam” and “Love Connection” conclude their seasons on Fox…”Better Things” returns on FX…For the complete listing for Thursday, Sept. 14, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
A Different Charlie Harper

We remember Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper in the first eight seasons of long-running CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” But who was the original choice for the role?

a) Paul Giamatti
b) Hugh Grant
c) Woody Harrelson
d) Kevin Spacey
e) Ben Stiller

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following classic sitcoms was first seen on anthology series “Studio 57” until the pilot episode title “It’s a Small World”?

a) “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet”
b) “The Danny Thomas Show”
c) “Dennis the Menace”
d) “Father Knows Best”
e) “Leave it to Beaver

…Is: e) “Leave it to Beaver,” which was filmed without a laugh track and featured Casey Adams as Ward Cleaver and Paul Sullivan and older son Wally. Those roles, of course, were played by Hugh Beaumont and Tony Down in the 1957 to 1963 sitcom.

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“Architects of Denial”
A Must See Validation of the Armenian Genocide

Painstakingly documenting the Armenian genocide (or what is also known as the Armenian Holocaust), documentary feature “Architects of Denial” goes in search of the sheer acknowledgement of this tragic piece of history. But admitting to these wrongdoings from yesteryear, something the mainstream media and the average American were once oblivious to, does not come without its ongoing – and surprising — present day controversy.

Executive produced by former daytime talk show host Montel Williams and actor Dean Cain, and directed by David Lee George, “Architects of Denial” tackles the organized mass murder of an estimated 1.5 million Christian citizens, most of them Armenian, by the Ottoman Empire during World War I (between 1915 and 1923), and the resistance by the Turkish government, the successor of the Ottoman Empire, and other authoritative bodies (including the United States) to admit this did indeed occur.

For the Turks, the genocide never happened; they will not admit anything, as the film explores. Yet there were executions into mass graves, and death marches of men, women and children across the Syrian desert to concentration camps, all resulting in deaths from exhaustion, exposure and starvation.

“Turkey has gone around the world aggressively lobbying to make sure there is no reference to the Armenian genocide,” noted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the film. “Major powers, such as the United States, do not recognize the Armenian genocide.”

For the Armenian community, and without the appropriate validation, the genocide has simply never ended. Genocide denied is genocide continued is the underlying message of this film, and the lack of validation in present day by some only magnifies what could have been the entire destruction of these innocent people.

“Once the world eventually recognized there would be trials as a result of the Holocaust in World War II, and people would be accountable for their actions, anyone involved in the Armenian genocide probably have kept their mouths shut for fear of being held responsible,” said Montel Williams. “But what I just did not expect, I don’t think any of us did, was the reactions by some, and the ongoing denial among our politicians, over a film where the truth finally prevails.”

Two such politicians seen in denial in the film are Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas and Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee.

Initial Controversy Over Film Release Quickly Reversed

This past August, Caruso Affiliated Holdings, which runs the Americana at Brand mall in Glendale, California, an area heavily populated by the Armenian community, initially denied an outdoor billboard promoting “Architects of Denial,” referring to it as being “too political.” But it quickly backed down following responses from State Senator Anthony Portantino, who represents Glendale, and the Glendale chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America, headed by Artin Manoukian.

“I thought to myself that Hollywood has long-celebrated thought provoking and hard-edged filmmaking that stimulates conversations about historical event,”said Anthony Portantino  in a statement posted to his web site. “It seems like labeling art as ‘too political’ was an odd reason to deny the appropriate free expression of a historical documentary. As a former filmmaker and current State Senator, it was important for me to share my concerns and urge reconsideration.”

“I wish for the life of me I could see in the eyes of those politicians in this world who get angry when you even bring this subject up,” noted Williams. “These people have been able to lie for so long maybe no one along the way caught in this lie wants to admit their wrongdoings.”

According to History

On the eve of World War I, there were a reported 2.13 million Armenians in the declining Ottoman Empire. By 1922, and following the aftermath of the genocide, that number was down to under 500,000, a result, according to the Turkish government, of a devastating war. Repeatedly, and to this day, Turkey officials cite there was no premeditation in the deaths of the Armenian population at the time, maintaining that the loss of Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians was from the violence around the bloody battlefields of World War I.

Turkey also disputes Armenia’s count of the death tally, claiming in the vicinity of 300,000. But most historians refer to this mass loss as the world’s first true genocide, and many worry that future genocides will go unrecognized as a result.

“I have always been a stalwart champion and voice for those who have no voice, especially right now at a time when this country has turned its back on everyone,” said Montel Williams. “When we start denying atrocities like genocide, and when we start denying the fact and truth for any segment of society or this world, someone has to take a stance.”

“Like so many people, I had no idea the extent of the Armenian genocide,” he added. “There needs to be a voice – a platform – to educate, to inform and to acknowledge. Too many countries – too many people — are still not admitting this happened, and with this film we are acknowledging history. We are validating these people and we are proclaiming that denial is no longer an option.”

The Armenian Viewpoint

Armenians mark the date April 24, 1915, when several hundred Armenians were rounded up, arrested and later executed as the start of the Armenian genocide. Known as Red Sunday, the Ottoman government imprisoned an estimated 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders of the Ottoman capital, Constantinpole, and later those in other centers, who were moved to two holding centers near Ankara.

After that, ordinary Armenians were turned out of their homes and sent on death marches through the Mesopotamian desert without food or water. Frequently, the marchers were stripped and forced to walk under the scorching sun until they dropped dead. Anyone who stopped to rest was shot and killed.

Ultimately, the Armenian population was blamed for siding with the Russians during the war and the Young Turks began a campaign to portray the Armenians as a threat to the state.

This was not the first massacre of the Armenian population; earlier attacks were reported in 1894, 1895, 1896, and in 1909. And it was not the last, with the unfounded brutality continuing between the years 1920 to 1923.  Turkish military officials, soldiers and ordinary men sacked Armenian villages and cities and massacred their citizens, murdering hundreds of thousands of Armenians.

“People wanted this to just sort of disappear; they did not want to accept this,”said Dean Cain. “There are still three states, and the federal government of the United States, that have not recognized the Armenian genocide and I think that is because of politics. Maybe Turkey does not want to pay reparations; maybe the United States does not want to damage its relationship with Turkey. It is tough for society to take ownership for the bad things that have happened.”

“Whatever the underlying reason is, it is time for resolution,” he added. “Our only agenda is to speak the truth. There are no political repercussions.”

“Architects of Denial”

Told through the eyes of the survivors with insights from Julian Assange; Sibel Edmonds, founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition; Genocide Watch founder Dr. Gregory Stanton; and Academy Award winning actor and director George Clooney, “Architects of Denial” tackles the persecution of these innocent individuals and the countries – and the politicians – who refuse, even today, to acknowledge the enormity of these mass crimes.

Not for the faint of heart, “Architects of Denial” nonetheless is a critical piece of documentary cinema that cannot be marred by any unnecessary resistance.

“The end result with our film, I hope, is the acceptance and the recognition that the Armenian genocide existed,” noted Montel Williams. “Once you educate people, you cannot deny the truth.”

“There is a strong resigned determination that this story will be told,” added Dean Cain. “I think there will be a lot of happy tears in the Armenian community and I am truly proud to be a small part of helping them gain acknowledgment.”

Initial participating markets (and theaters) slated to debut “Architects of Denial” on Oct. 6 are New York / Village East Cinema, Beverly Hills / Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, Pasadena / Pasadena Playhouse, Boston / Embassy Waltham Cinema, Detroit / AMC Forum 30, New Jersey / Cherry Hill, Washington, D.C. / AMC Hoffman Center 22, Denver / Westminster Promenade, and Minneapolis / Eden Prairie Mall 18.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
ON THIS DAY
There were nine notable series premieres: “Lassie” on CBS in 1954; NBC western “Bonanza” in 1959; sitcoms “Family Affair” on CBS and “The Monkees” on NBC in 1966; animated “Josie & the Pussycats” on Saturdaymorning on CBS in 1970; “All in the Family” spin-off “Maude” on CBS in 1972; ABC family drama “Life Goes On” in 1989; ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” in 1993; and Fox’s “Party of Five” in 1994. At 17 seasons on CBS (and three additional in first-run syndication from 1971-74), this first edition of “Lassie” had the longest run. But “Bonanza” at 13 and one-half seasons was not far behind…Celebrity Birthdays: Comedian Louis CKis 50; “Gotham” star Benjamin McKenzie is 39; Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is 36.

Did You Know?:
“Bonanza” was the top-rated show in all of primetime from 1964 to 1967.  It finished nine of its 14 seasons ranked in the Top 5…”Maude” was an immediate hit, ranking fourth overall in its first season (behind “All in the Family, “Sanford and Son” and the original “Hawaii Five-O”).

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Note: Due to Hurricane Irma, the metered market (overnight) household results for Monday, Sept. 11 are not available.

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-Tuesday 9/05/17: Click here
-Wednesday 9/06/17: Click here
-Thursday 9/07/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

CBS to Develop Media Drama From Dr. Mehmet Oz
CBS has put into development an untitled drama, described as a hybrid of medicine and spirituality, based on Dr. Harley Rotbart’s book “Miracles We Have Seen: America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget.” The proposed series is  from Joby Harold & Tory Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures; daytime talk show Dr Mehmet Oz and his wife, producer Lisa Oz; Sony Pictures Television Studios; and CBS Television Studios.

Written by Grant Thompson (“McFarland, USA”), the drama will follow two surgeons, one who is grounded in hard data, and the other who pursues a dual mission of faith and science.

Vice and CBS Interactive Team Up for Tech Series “Dear Future”
Vice Media’s Motherboard and CBS Interactive’s CNET will be jointly producing “Dear Future,” a series focusing on technology topics incuding space travel, the ethics of genome editing, internet freedom, the future of virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence and the future of transportation. “Dear Future” will run on both CBSI’s CNET and Vice’s Motherboard tech sites, as well as their respective mobile and social platforms — designed to incorporate CNET’s reach with Motherboard’s established tech presence

“As the world’s number one consumer tech media brand, our global audience looks to us to discover the unique stories that demonstrate how today’s technology will inform our future,” said Mark Larkin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CNet. “This partnership enables us to combine the editorial expertise of CNET and Motherboard to produce new and unique content that showcases the possible.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Netflix Acquires “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond” Documentary
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,”director Chris Smith’s deep dive into actor Jim Carrey’s time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman. Using approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set of “Man on the Moon” documenting Carrey’s transformation into Kaufman for four months. The VICE Documentary Films production premiered at the 2017 Venice Film Festival and is produced by Spike Jonze, and VICE Films’ Danny Gabai and Brendan Fitzgerald.

The logline: In 1999 Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to play cult comedian Andy Kaufman in his biopic “Man on the Moon.” What followed was a bizarre and emotional film production. Surrounded by Kaufman’s friends and family on set, Carrey thoroughly “became” Andy and, alternately, Tony Clifton, Kaufman’s obnoxious lounge singer alter ego. Much like Kaufman’s comedy, Carrey’s acting took on a performance art quality during the film. He never broke character on set, the cast and the crew referred to him as either ‘Andy’ or ‘Tony’ depending on who he was embodying (he had created complete and separate identities for each).

Jim Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance.

NEWS OF NOTE

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. and CBS Announce Affiliation Agreement Renewals
CBS Corporation and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. have announced a multi-year deal that renews three station affiliation agreements that were set to expire at the end of 2018. Additionally, CBS also renewed an affiliation that was set to expire at the end of 2018 with a station that Sinclair provides sales and other services to under a joint sales agreement. The owned stations are KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, KGBT in Harlingen, Texas and WGME in Portland, Maine, and the station to which Sinclair provides services is WTVH in Syracuse, N.Y. The four agreements have been renewed to be co-terminus with the four CBS affiliations which were renewed earlier this year. The four renewed markets serve approximately 1.5 million households.

Announcing “On Your Mark,” a Documentary and Live Event Tour on Marc Summers
Comedian and game show host Marc Summers, the face behind Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare” and “What Would You Do?” and Food Network’s “Unwrapped” is the subject of a feature length documentary and tour called “On Your Marc,” which focuses on his life, career and TV legacy. Summers will present the film in person, coupled with an array of singular events, during a coast-to-coast preview screening tour revolving around the 31st anniversary of “Double Dare” next month.

Reflecting on his career, the “On Your Marc” tour will showcase an array of live events in each city, including performances by local bands, Q&As with special guests, celebrity hosts, and interactive “Double Dare” type games .

The scoop: In “In On Your Marc,” the Indiana native looks back on his ups and downs, as he powers through the nerve-racking production and opening night of “Everything In Its Place: The Life & Slimes of Marc Summers,” his one-man show, co-written by Broadway stars Alex Brightman (Tony-nominated lead in “School of Rock: The Musical”) and composer Drew Gasparini. For more information on the documentary and the tour, click here

Casting News
Jane Seymour (“Wedding Crashers,” “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) has been cast in upcoming original Pop sitcom “Let’s Get Physical,” as Janet Force, the mother of the series protagonist, Joe (Matt Jones). Janet is a former Miss Texas Beauty Pageant winner who is obsessed with maintaining the family fitness legacy and anti-aging remedies. Created by Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark and Connor Pritchard, “Let’s Get Physical” centers on slacker Joe Force who makes a reluctant comeback in the fitness industry after his dad, Colonel Tom Force, a.k.a. “The Godfather of Aerobics,” unexpectedly passes away and wills his son the broken-down family gym. Eight episodes have been ordered.

The Best and Worst TV Programs of Summer 2017
With 17 days until the official start of the new TV season on Sept. 25th, let’s take a look back at the best—and the worst—shows of the summer. Click here

TV Tuesday Podcast
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INSTANT REPLAYS

ESPN Sideline Reporter Sergio Dipp Achieves “Monday Night Football” Infamy
Entering the late night NFL match-up of the Los Angeles Chargers versus the Denver Broncos on last night’s edition of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” Beth Mowins — the first female play-by-play announcer on an NFL game since 1987 — was supposed to be the top star of the broadcast.

But a new personality unexpectedly emerged on the night — Sergio Dipp, a regular on Spanish-language NFL telecasts on the international outlet ESPN Latin America, offered an awkwardly non-descript sideline report stating he was “on the field, from up-close just watching” new Broncos head coach Vance Joseph. For a look, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Alaska: The Last Frontier,” following the lives of the Kilcher family deep in the Aslaskan wilderness, will open its new season on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery Channel. The logline: Singer/songwriter Jewel returns to the homestead and gets her hands dirty – felling trees and wrangling cattle with her father and brother. The Kilchers will face life-changing challenges that test family relationships while forcing them to think on their feet and test their limits.

“Andi Mack,” starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie and Asher Angel, will return on Disney Channel with a one-hour episode on Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. ET. The cast will also be featured in the music video for the “Andi Mack” theme song “Tomorrow Starts Today,” beginning one week earlier on Friday, Oct. 20 on Disney Channel and DisneyMusicVEVO. The song is performed by Hollywood Records artist Sabrina Carpenter and will also be released as a single on October 20.

New USA drama “Damnation,” an epic saga about the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, will premiere on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The series stars Killian Scott (“71”) as a rabble rouser masquerading as a small town preacher who hopes to start an insurrection against the status quo. Unbeknownst to him, one tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker (Logan Marshall-Green) to stop the uprising. Little do they know, they two men share a secret past.

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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
ABC, BET, Bloomberg, Bravo, CBS, CMT, E!, Fox, HBO, MTV, MTV2, NBC and Oxygen air “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” in the 8 p.m.hour…Season premieres: “The Mindy Project” on Hulu, “Inside the NFL” on Showtime, “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA…Season finales: “Forged in Fire”on History, “The Haves and the Have Nots” on OWN, “Top of the Lake” on Sundance, “Big Freedia Bounces Back” on Fuse, “Iron Resurrection” on Velocity, “Manhunt” on Discovery, “Rattled” on TLC… For the complete listing for Tuesday, Sept. 12, click here

 

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Monday, September 11, 2017
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ON THIS DAY
There were two series premieres: “The Carol Burnett Show” on CBS in 1967 and “Little House on the Prairie” on NBC in 1974. Carol Burnett’s variety series ran for 11 seasons, through 1978, and it returned in the summer of 1979 for four new episodes. “Little House on the Prairie,” which was re-titled“Little House: A New Beginning” in the final season, enjoyed a nine season run…“The Miss America Pageant” was televised for the first time in 1954.Lee Meriwether was the winner…Celebrity Birthdays: “Gilmore Girls” starScott Patterson is 59; singer and talk show host Harry Connick, Jr. is 50;  “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson is 47; rapper Ludacris is 40.

Did You Know?:
Dick Van Dyke joined the cast of “The Carol Burnett Show” in the 11th – and final – season in 1976-77 after Harvey Korman exited for a sitcom deal with ABC. But the chemistry was lacking and he left in the middle of that season…Linwood Boomer, who played Mary’s husband Adam Kendall on“Little House on the Prairie,” went on to create Fox sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle, which aired from 2000 to 2006. This fall, “Malcolm” himself,Frankie Muniz, will be competing on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Note: Due to Hurricane Irma, the metered market (overnight) household results for Sunday, Sept. 10 are not available.

Fast Affiliate Results
Friday 9/8/17: Click here 
Saturday 9/09/17: Click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Monday 9/04/17: Click here
-Tuesday 9/05/17: Click here
-Wednesday 9/06/17: Click here
-Thursday 9/07/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Debuting Today in Syndication
America’s COMEDY Game Show!
This Week’s Celebrity Guests:
Bill Bellamy, Cheryl Hines, Gabriel Iglesias, Jon Lovitz,
Louie Anderson, Sherri Shephard

Click on either image to find out where to watch
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

ABC Orders Pilot for “Greatest American Hero” Reboot
Potentially next in the endless stream of TV show revivals is a new version of “The Greatest American Hero” on ABC, which originally aired on the network from 1981-83. ABC has given a pilot commitment to the proposed single camera half-hour, which this time will center on Meera, a 30-year-old Indian-American woman from Cleveland who dons a superhero suit to protect the planet after being entrusted by some aliens.

The reboot is being written and produced by Rachna Fruchbom, who co-produced “Fresh off the Boat” and some wrote some episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” Tawnia McKiernan is set to direct.

The original show followed a substitute school teacher, Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) who is given an alien space suit that gives him superpowers like invisibility and super strength. However, because he loses the instruction guide, he ends up having to figure out how the suit works by making mistakes, and teams up with an FBI agent played by Robert Culp to solve crimes. Most memorable from the show, perhaps, was the hit theme song, “Believe it Or Not,” sung by Joey Scarbury.

Netflix Greenlights “The Green Beret’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse”
Netflix has given a straight-to-series order to a hybrid of non-scripted action and comedy called “The Green Beret’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse,” which is described as an anthology series that combines humor and usable survival skills. Each episode will chronicle its own contained apocalypse that the show’s hero somehow manages to survive.

The Green Beret’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse” is written, produced by and starring two military veterans, Shawn Vance, a former United States Special forces Green Beret, and Daril Fanin, a former combat army medic. The two presented the idea for a real-life “survival guide” series to Matt Damon who, along with Jennifer Todd, came on board to executive produce through their Pearl Street Films. Peter Berg, Matt Goldberg and Brandon Carroll of Film 45 are also executive are producing.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Showtime Renews “I’m Dying Up Here” for Season 2
Showtime has picked-up comedy “I’m Dying Up Here” for a second season, with an order for 10 new episodes. Debuting on June 4, 2017, “I’m Dying Up here” explores L.A.’s famed ’70s stand-up comedy scene. Season one starred Oscar winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Treme”), Ari Graynor (“Bad Teacher”), Michael Angarano (“The Knick”), Clark Duke (“Hot Tub Time Machine”), Andrew Santino (“Mixology”), Erik Griffin (“Workaholics”), RJ Cyler (“Power Rangers”), Al Madrigal (“The Daily Show”) and Jake Lacy (“Obvious Child”) as part of a large ensemble cast. Created and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne.

The series will go back into production in the fall.

The logline: “I’m Dying Up Here” delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. The series takes viewers behind the curtain of the comedy scene that birthed the careers of legends such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and David Letterman, showing there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh.

Amazon Cancels “The Last Tycoon”
Amazon has opted against a second of F. Scott Fitzgerald drama “The Last Tycoon.” Debuting on June 16, “The Last Tycoon” starred Kelsey Grammer, Matt Bomer, and Jennifer Beals, and followed the power struggle between Bomer’s wunderkind studio executive Monroe Stahr and his boss, Grammer’s studio head Pat Brady, in 1930s Hollywood.  Nine episodes in total aired and the now series finale was on July 28.

Just a few days earlier, Amazon Studios scrapped plans for a second season of
another Fitzgerald drama, “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” starring Christina Ricci.

These cancellations follow the axing of several other shows that lasted only one season at Amazon Studios, including “Good Girls Revolt” and “Mad Dogs.”

NEWS OF NOTE

“Stranger Things” and “Westworld” Top Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” HBO’s “Westworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” led the winner’s list at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards this past weekend, each with five wins. HBO’s “The Night Of” was next at four wins (including nods for cinematography, editing, sound mixing and sound editing). HBO had the most victories for a network after the two-night Creative Arts phase with 19, with Netflix second at 16 and NBC third overall at nine.

Winners in the Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress in a Drama Series went to Gerald McRaney for “This Is Us” and Alexis Bledel for Hulu’s “The Handmaid Tale,” while the two winners in the Guest Comedy categories were Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy, both for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Highlights from Saturday and Sunday’s award presentations in 92 categories will air on Saturday, Sept. 16 as a special on FXX. For the listing of winners, click here

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content Sign First Look Deal
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have entered into a first look deal with Angus Wall and Linda Carlson’s production company Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment. The two-year deal includes a first-look for both scripted and unscripted content. Under the agreement, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment will continue to focus on visual storytelling and will be developing a host of formats from long form to limited, drama to comedy and documentaries.

Previously announced projects from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content include “Berlin Station,” a 10-part series airing on EPIX and now in production on its second season; “13 Reasons Why,” streaming on Netflix also in production on season 2, based on the New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher, directed by Tom McCarthy and written by Brian Yorkey; “Maniac,” a 10-episode dark comedy series to be directed by Cary Fukunaga starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, ordered by Netflix; and a drama series based on Caleb Carr’s “The Alienist” for TNT, based on the best-selling novel from Caleb Carr.

The Best and Worst TV Programs of Summer 2017
With 17 days until the official start of the new TV season on Sept. 25th, let’s take a look back at the best—and the worst—shows of the summer. Click here

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci handicaps the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards. To listen, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Tough Guys,” a documentary feature that explores origins and the development of the mixed martial arts (MMA) movement, will debut on Showtime on Friday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET. Executive produced by critically acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) and Academy Award winner Ross Kauffman (“Born Into Brothels”), “Tough Guys” is told through the colorful first-hand accounts of scrappy brawlers and amateur promoters as it brings to life the loosely regulated mixed martial arts competitions of 1980s Pittsburgh that served as a precursor to what has now become a global phenomenon.

Drama “Loudermilk,” which centers on Sam Loudermilk (Ron Livingston), a recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor with an extremely bad attitude about, will premiere on Audience Network on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Will Sasso (“MADTV”) co-stars.

PI POLLS
Good idea or bad idea? What do you think about ABC rebooting “The Greatest American Hero” as a half-hour single camera sitcom? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season (or series) finales: “Bachelor in Paradise” on ABC, “Hooten & the Lady” on The CW, “Man v Food” on Travel Channel, “Preacher” on AMC,“American Dad” on TBS and “Baller Wives” on VH!… For the complete listing for Monday, Sept. 11, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Live From New York, it’s “Saturday Night Live”

Which one of the following five network series was not airing on Saturdayevening the season that “Saturday Night Live” on NBC premiered? Note: “SNL” debuted on Oct. 11, 1975.

a) “All in the Family”
b) “The Carol Burnett Show”
c) “Emergency”
d) “The Jeffersons”
e) “S.W.A.T.”
f) They all were

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which night this fall will feature the most number of new network series?

a) Monday
b) Tuesday
c) Wednesday
d) Thursday
e) Friday
f) Sunday

…Is: a) Monday with 6 news shows: “The Good Doctor” (ABC), “9JKL” (CBS), “Me, Myself & I” (CBS), “The Brave” (NBC), “The Gifted” (Fox), “Valor” (CW)

 
As for the others:
Tuesday: 3 – “The Mayor” (ABC), “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (ABC), “Law & Order True Crime: Menendez Brothers” (NBC)
Wednesday: 2 – “SEAL Team” (CBS), “Dynasty” (CW)
Thursday: 3 – “Young Sheldon” (CBS), “S.W.A.T.” (CBS), “The Orville” (Fox)
Friday: 1- “Marvel’s The Inhumans” (ABC)
Sunday: 3 – “Ten Days in the Valley” (ABC), “Wisdom of the Crowd” (CBS), “Ghosted” (Fox)

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Audrey Davis, Bob Ingersoll, Tom Moore, Paul Neace, Aaron Paquette, Gordon Purcell

Programming Insider


Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Just 20 days until the start of the 2017-18 TV season!
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ON THIS DAY
Perennial Emmy winner “The Amazing Race“ launched on CBS in 2001. The 29th edition concluded on June 1st…In 1990, Deborah Norville became the news anchor for “Today” on NBC, while the person who ultimately replaced her, Katie Couric, made her first appearance as anchor on the “CBS Evening News” in 2006. Couric remained on the nightly newscast until 2011…Also in 2006 was the launch of MyNetworkTV…Celebrity Birthdays: Legendary Bob Newhart is 88; Raquel Welch is 77; Oscar nominee Michael Keaton(“Birdman”) is 66;

Did You Know?:
CBS “Early Show” hosts Harry Smith and Dave Price ran the first leg of the race in the sixth edition of “The Amazing Race” (USA-Iceland) in 2004 with the actual teams. This was for a special segment on their morning show.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
 
Monday 9/04/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 2.9/ 5, ABC and CBS: 2.8/ 5 each, Fox: 1.9/ 5, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: + 8, Fox: + 6, NBC: + 4, ABC: -12, CW: -25

Ratings Breakdown:
In was neck and neck between NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” (3.5 rating/6 share) and ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” (3.4/ 6) in the Monday 8-10 p.m.block, with “American Ninja Warrior” up by six percent over the comparable year-ago evening. “Bachelor in Paradise,” in contrast, slid by 11 percent, and both held a huge advantage over competing “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox (1.9/ 3).

Also original last night, and both in the 10 p.m. hour, was NBC drama “Midnight, Texas” and ABC game show “To Tell the Truth,” each at a modest 1.8/ 3 in the household overnights (versus a 2.2/ 4 for an encore telecast of CBS’ competing “Scorpion”). As previously reported, “To Tell the Truth” has been pushed back to midseason in 2017-18 and will be replaced in the Sunday8 p.m. hour with veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” ABC has not confirmed what will now lead off Sunday at 7 p.m., but my guess is repeats of “AFV.”

For the half-hour household overnight breakdown for Monday, September 4, click here

Fast Affiliate Ratings
-Friday 9/01/17: Click here
-Saturday 9/02/17: Click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Monday 8/28/17: Click here
-Tuesday 8/29/17: Click here
-Wednesday 8/30/17: Click here
-Thursday 8/31/17: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Syfy Renews “Killjoys” for Two Final Seasons
Syfy has announced the pickup of seasons four and five – the final two seasons — of the sci-fi adventure series “Killjoys.” The order is for 10 new episodes each season – 20 in total – and the news comes on the heels of the season three finale.

From Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, and Universal Cable Productions (UCP), “Killjoys” follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters – rebel leader Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), tech-savvy John Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore), and tactical D’avin Jaqobis (Luke MacFarlane) – on the brink of a multiplanetary war. Creator Michelle Lovretta serves as executive producer along with Karen Troubetzkoy and Temple Street’sS David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg.  Season four is set to air in 2018.

“Killjoys” is part of SYFY’s original line-up of dramas including “The Magicians,” “The Expanse,” “The Channel Zero Anthology” and “12 Monkeys.” Upcoming series include “Happy,” starring Christopher Meloni, and the Superman original story “Krypton.”

Syfy Cancels “Mark Matter” After Three Seasons
On the heels of the “Killjoys” renewal comes word that Syfy has opted against a fourth season of scripted drama “Dark Matter.” The show, which was based on Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie’s graphic novel of the same name, centered on a group of people who woke up in an abandoned spaceship with no memories of who they were or what they were doing on a spaceship. It starred Marc Bendavid, Melissa O’Neil, and Anthony Lemke. The now series finale aired on August 25.

NEWS OF NOTE

Five Networks Join Forces for Hurricane Harvey Relief Telethon 
Houston native rapper Bun B has teamed up with SB Projects founder Scooter Braun to present “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief” telethon to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The one-hour special will be based in Los Angeles with stages in New York, Nashville and a special performance by Country Music icon and Texas native George Strait from his San Antonio benefit concert. “Hand in Hand” will air live on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox and NBC on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on the East Coast and will replay in the p.m. PDT on the West Coast. The show will also be available internationally via live stream on Facebook and Twitter starting at 8:00 p.m. EDT during the first broadcast.

Celebrity participants will include George Clooney, Jamie Foxx, Tori Kelly, Karlie Kloss, Beyoncé, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Blake Shelton, Michael Strahan, George Strait, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.

Proceeds from the telethon will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief (administered by the Greater Houston Community Fund) through the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund managed by Comic Relief Inc.

Bianna Golodryga Joins CBS News
Bianna Golodryga has joined CBS News as a correspondent based in New York, where she will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms effective immediately. Golodryga began reporting for CBS News this morning from her hometown of Houston where she is covering the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. In addition to her CBS News role, Golodryga will serve as a CNN contributor.

Golodryga’s career has spanned CNBC, ABC News, and, most recently, Yahoo News where she served as the News and Finance anchor at Yahoo responsible for leading coverage of major financial and news stories. From 2007-2014, Golodryga was at ABC News as the weekend co-anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and as the network’s business correspondent.

Clayton Morris to Exit Fox News 
“Clayton Morris,” one of the co-hosts of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” has announced his departure from the network. Guest co-hosts will fill in on the weekends until a permanent replacement is named.

Morris joined Fox News in 2008 from Fox station WTFX in Philadelphia where he was co-host of “Good Day.” Prior to that, he worked in Orlando on the launch of the nationally syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz.”

Lisa Rinna to Return to “Days of Our Lives”
Lisa Rinna will reprise her role as Billie Reed on veteran NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” in early 2018. Rinna originated the role in 1992 and briefly returned in 2002 after three initial years. Most recently, she returned, also briefly, for a second in 2012.

Since Rinna’s most recent departure from “Days of Our Lives” in 2013, she’s been a series regular on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” She was also a cast-member on the original “Melrose Place” on Fox.

TV Network Execs Accentuate Only the Positive During Critics’ Tour:Click here

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci reviews Fox’s upcoming “The Orville” and “The Gifted. To listen, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Animated “Star Wars Rebels” returns for its fourth — and final — season beginning Monday, Oct. 16 (at 12:30 a.m.3:00 a.m.7:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET), on Disney XD and the Disney XD App. The one-hour episode marks the beginning of the most important mission yet for the Ghost crew as the series draws closer to its grand finale. The logline: In this final season, the Ghost crew joins the growing Rebel Alliance, struggling to unite against the Galactic Empire. However, when a new Imperial threat arises on Lothal, Ezra leads the crew back to his home world to defeat the oppressive forces of the Empire under the command of cunning Grand Admiral Thrawn. Old friends are reunited and new alliances are forged as the series builds to its epic conclusion.

PI POLLS
Will you be watching the season premiere of FX’s “American Horror Story – Election Night” this evening? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season premieres: “American Horror Story: Election Night” on FX, “Below Deck” on Bravo and “A Season with Navy Football” on Showtime…Season finales: “The Fosters” and a “Bold Type” on Freeform, and “Shooter” on USA…For the complete primetime schedule for Tuesday, September 5, clickhere 
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Carol and Carroll

Which one of the following series featured Carol Burnett and Carroll O’Connor guest-starring as a married couple?

a) “According to Jim”
b) “Everybody Raymond”
c) “Gilmore Girls”
d) “The King of Queens”
e) “Mad About You”

The answer to the last question…

Which one of the following classic theatrical movies would be the most timely to watch this coming Monday on Labor Day?

a) “The Best Years of Our Lives”
b) “The Birds”
c) “Picnic”
e) “Roman Holiday”
e) “Stage Door”

Is: …c) “Picnic.” Adapted from William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, “Picnic” in 1955 dramatized 24 hours in the life of a small Kansas town on Labor Day weekend. It starred William Holden, Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell, Susan Strasberg, Cliff Robertson, Betty Field and Arthur O’Connell, and was nominated for six Academy Awards. For a look, click here 

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Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Elvis Bussard, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Jim Kelly, Synda Kollman, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Amanda Reich, Joe Swaney, Evan Weinstein, Tammy Wiard

Programming Insider


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Number of Days Until the Start of the 2017-18 TV Season: 25
ON THIS DAY
CBS sitcom “Alice, based on 1974 theatrical “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” opened in 1976. The series ran for nine seasons…Tito andJermaine Jackson walked off the set of NBC’s “Today” show in 1993 when a crew arrived to interview the two about the troubles of their brother Michaelwith the Los Angeles Police Department…The final episode of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, hosted by Fred Rogers, aired on PBS in 2001. It debuted on Feb. 19, 1968…Celebrity birthdays: Actor Richard Gere is 68; singer Debbie Gibson is 47.

Did You Know?:
Polly Holliday, who played sassy Florence Jean Castleberry on “Alice, was featured in spin-off “Flo” from 1980-81. Her replacement, Diane Ladd as Belle, played Flo in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.  When Ladd exited “Alice” after one tumultuous season, Celia Weston joined the cast as Jolene at the end of season five and remained until the series-finale on March 19, 1985.  Kiss my grits!

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
 
Wednesday 8/30/17
Note: The Houston market is excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.0/ 7, CBS: 2.7/ 5, Fox: 2.6/ 5, ABC: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +10, CBS: + 4, Fox: -10, NBC: -22, CW: -50

Ratings Breakdown:
A one-hour live edition of “America’s Got Talent” (7.2 rating/13 share from 8-9 p.m.) stood well above the competition, besting competing “Big Brother” on CBS (3.9/ 7) by 85 percent and leading NBC to Wednesday overnight victory.“Big Brother” spoiler alert: if you did not see last night’s episode yet stop reading. Finally!!! Someone in the “Big Brother” house went against Paul’s wishes and stood on his own. What did you think of Jason keeping Matt and Raven on the block? Click here

Two episodes of recently introduced NBC sitcom “Marlon” (9 p.m.: #1, 3.2/ 5;9:30 p.m.: #2: 2.5/ 4) has now officially settled in, but overnight retention for the 9 p.m. installment out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of “AGT” (7.5/13) was lacking at just 43 percent.

In premiere news, two episodes of animated digital series “Vixen” on The CW could only muster a 0.5/ 1 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. That competed with an average 2.6/ 5 for back-to-back episodes of “MasterChef” on Fox.

Also original last night was failing CBS drama “Salvation” (#4: 2.2/ 4 at 9 p.m.), which dropped by 44 percent from lead-in “Big Brother,” and a 10 p.m.edition of ABC’s “20/20” focusing on Hurricane Harvey at a 2.6/ 5.

For the half-hour household overnight breakdown for Wednesday, August 30, click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Monday 8/28/17: Click here
-Tuesday 8/29/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

NBC Snags Legal Drama Pilot “Closure”
NBC has landed “Closure,” a proposed legal procedural drama from “Drop Dead Diva” creator Josh Berman, “Underground” executive producer (and singer/songwriter) John Legend and Sony Pictures TV Studios. Written by Berman and produced through his Osprey production banner, “Closure” is based on the story of Serena Nunn, who at age 19 was sentenced to 15 years for conspiracy to distribute drugs, despite her being a student and her negligible role in the crime as the girlfriend of a drug dealer. Nunn became victim of the mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes, and, eight years into her jail term, she was featured in a newspaper article about the controversial practice. It got the attention of a young lawyer, Sam Sheldon, who filed a petition for a presidential commutation on her behalf. Supported by the governor of Minnesota, where Nunn had been raised, and Nunn’s sentencing judge, the petition was granted by then-President Bill Clinton.

When Nunn’s sentence was commuted after 11 years, she went on to earn a college and law school degrees and is now a practicing lawyer.

Poker Central and Roundhead Creative Group Partner for Reality Series “Major Wager”
Poker Central has teamed up with Roundhead Creative to create and produce a five-episode, reality series called “Major Wage, which features poker’s biggest names creating some of the most absurd prop bets against one another. It will stream exclusively on PokerGO and launch the week of September 4. Hosted by poker podcaster Joey Ingram, this premiere season will feature pros turned contestants Sam Abernathy, Daniel Negreanu, Brian Rast, Antonio Esfandiari, and Jeff Gross.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

TLC Greenlights Season 2 of “Nate & Jeremiah By Design”
TLC has announced the renewal of design themed “Nate & Jeremiah By Design” for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2018. Produced by Asylum Entertainment, the series follows interior designers and husbands Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent as they help distressed homeowners turn renovation failures into dream homes, while juggling married life and parenting their 2-year-old daughter Poppy.

The logline: In each one-hour episode, Nate and Jeremiah use their talent and design know-how to transform lives through design, helping homeowners who are novices in the midst of DIY disasters or inescapable renovation wrecks. Keeping budget in mind, the duo boldly revisits the space to reimagine a practical and stylish layout.

Submissions are open to homeowners in Los Angeles by clicking here

NEWS OF NOTE

The Paley Center Salutes “Will & Grace”
In anticipation of the return of NBC sitcom “Will & Grace” on Sept. 28, the network and The Paley Center for Media are collaborating on an hour-long special called “The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace.” Airing onTuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET, the special will feature the best moments and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from the show’s original eight seasons. Featured will be stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and director James Burrows.

TV Network Execs Accentuate Only the Positive During Critics’ Tour:Click here

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci reviews Fox’s upcoming “The Orville” and “The Gifted. To listen, click here

EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Michael Thorn has been appointed President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox), where he will assume responsibility for scripted programming and development, and casting at the network. He will report to Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden, and he replaces David Madden, who will step down from his current role at the end of the month to pursue other opportunities. Most recently, Thorn was Executive Vice President of Development at TCFTV, where he led scripted development efforts for the studio (including NBC’s “This Is Us” and Fox’s “Empire”).

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Cinemax will debut animated “Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Bus Tour,” which chronicles the tales of some of country music’s most legendary artists, on Friday, sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET. The series will feature interviews with former bandmates, friends and other associates, who share uncensored anecdotes about the exploits of these artists, brought to life by animated reenactments, woven together with live-action archival performance footage and photos.

Season one of upcoming Amazon drama “Tin Star,” starring Tim Roth (“The Hateful Eight”) and Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) – all 10 episodes – will be available on Prime Video in the U.S. on Friday, Sept. 29. Set in the Canadian Rockies, “Tin Star” tells the story of Jim Worth (Roth), a former British detective now small town police chief, who brings his family to the tiny, tranquil town of Little Big Bear for a better life. When a vast new oil refinery, fronted by corporate liaison Elizabeth Bradshaw (Hendricks), opens nearby and their new home is flooded with workers looking for drugs, gambling and prostitution, Jim has to work hard to protect his family and the town from organized crime.

OWN drama “Queen Sugar” will return with a two-night midseason premiere on Tuesday, October 3 at 10 p.m. ET (after a new episode of Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong” at 9 p.m. ET) and Wednesday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET. The series regularly airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET and chronicles the lives and loves of the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana. It stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe.

Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ video streaming service, will debut miniseries“Rillington Place,” starring Tim Roth (“Tin Star”) and Samantha Morton (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, In America”) on Thursday, Oct. 5. “Rillington Place” explores the life of John Christie (Roth) and the real-life multiple murders carried out by the serial killer in London’s Notting Hill in the 1940s and 1950s. Presenting each episode from the separate viewpoints of Ethel, Timothy and finally Christie, writers Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone drew on original source material from London’s National Archives, alongside new interviews with surviving relatives, to retrace the steps that led Timothy to be accused of murder whilst Christie went unchallenged until his arrest in 1953.

In addition, Sundance Now announced the Thursday, November 2nd premiere for the scripted original co-production, “Back,” created  and written by Oscar nominee Simon Blackwell (“Veep”), directed by Ben Palmer (“The Inbetweeners”) and starring David Mitchell (“Peep Show”) and Robert Webb (“Peep Show”).

Made-for television movie “Bobbi Kristina,” starring Joy Rovaris (“Stuck in the Middle”) as the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, will debut on TV One on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. ET. Beginning immediately after the passing of her mother, the story delves into Bobbi Kristina’s struggle to come to terms with Houston’s sudden departure and the complexities of her own life.

PI POLLS
What Thursday night network series are you most looking forward to this fall? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season finales: “The Night Shift” on NBC, “Botched” on E! and “Mysteries of the Abandoned” on Science…For the complete primetime schedule for Thursday, August 31, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
An Early Reality

Which one of the following TV characters was featured alongside his family in a fictional reality series called “Real Families”?

a) Sheldon Cooper
b) George Jefferson
c) Alex Keaton
d) Rob Petrie
e) Herb Tarlek

The answer to yesterday’s question…

We all remember the late – and great – James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano on HBO mob drama “The Sopranos.” But who was the first choice for the role?

a) Ray Liotta
b) Joe Pesci
c) Paul Sorvino
d) John Travolta
e) John Turturro

a) Ray Liotta, who currently co-stars on NBC crime drama “Shades of Blue” opposite Jennifer Lopez.

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Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Reid Davis, John Ferlazzo, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Aaron Paquette, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth

Programming Insider


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Number of Days Until the Start of the 2017-18 TV Season: 26
ON THIS DAY

Tom Brokaw became host of NBC’s “Today’s Show” in 1976 and remained in the job until 1981. “The Late Show with David Letterman” debuted on CBS in 1993 and stayed on the air through May 20, 2015. …Celebrity Birthdays: Former “The Shield” star Michael Chiklis is 54; actress Cameron Diaz is 45.

Did You Know?:
With 11-seasons under his belt as host of NBC’s “Late Night with David Letterman” (from 1982 to 1993), Letterman at 33 years in total has the longest tenure as a late night talk show host historically…On this day was the birth of two classic TV stars: “Hazel” herself, Shirley Booth, who was born in 1898; and “My Three Sons” patriarch Fred MacMurray, who was born in 1908.

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Tuesday 8/29/17
Note: The Houston market is excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.5/11, CBS: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.1/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +10, NBC: – 3, CBS: – 6, ABC: – 8, CW: -17

Ratings Breakdown:
“America’s Got Talent” led NBC to another rock-solid Tuesday victory, with an 8.3 rating/14 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, this was eight percent above the 7.7/13 on the year-ago evening, which for a series in season 12 is unprecedented. “AGT” also bested competing “Bachelor in Paradise” on ABC (3.1/ 5) by a considerable 168 percent. But “Hollywood Game Night” at 10 p.m. did not benefit from the lead-in support, dipping to a second-place 3.0/ 5. That was a loss of 64 percent from “America’s Got Talent.”

Also original last night was failing ABC drama “Somewhere Between” at a typically modest 1.0/ 2 in the household overnights at 10 p.m.

For the half-hour household overnight breakdown for Tuesday, August 29, click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Saturday 8/26/17: Click here
-Sunday 8/27/17: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard: Week of August 21, 2017
What follows is the Live + Same Day results for the broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW – for the week of August 21. Change versus the comparable year-ago period appears in parentheses:

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 5.46 million (- 4), CBS: 4.20 (- 8), ABC: 3.14 (-13), Fox: 2.38 (- 3), CBS: 890,000 (-13)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.2 rating/5 share (-14), CBS: 0.8/ 3 (-20), ABC and Fox: 0.7/ 3 (-12 each), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.6/ 5 (-11), CBS: 1.1/ 4 (-15), Fox: 0.9/ 3 (-10), ABC: 0.9/ 3 (-18), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 0.7/ 4 (-22), CBS and Fox: 0.5/ 3 (-17 each). ABC: 0.4/ 2 (-20), CW: 0.1/ 1 (-50)

National Ratings in Syndication – Week of August 14
What follows are the top-rated shows in syndication (first-run and off-network) based on household ratings for the week of August 14:

‘Judge Judy” (CBS Television Distribution): 6.7; “Family Feud” (Debmar-Mercury): 6.2; Weekend Adventure (Disney/ABC-Litton): 5.6; “Wheel of Fortune” (CTD): 5.3; “Jeopardy” (CTD): 5.1; “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 4.9; “Law & Order: SVU” – Weekend (NBCU): 4.3; “The Big Bang Bang Theory” – Weekend (Warner Bros.): 3.4; “Family Feud” (Debmar-Mercury): 3.2; “Dr. Phil” (CTD): 2.8; “Entertainment Tonight” (CTD) and “Modern Family” – Weekend (Twentieth): 2.7 each; “Modern Family” – Mon-Fri (Twentieth): 2.6; “Inside Edition” (CTD): 2.5; “Hot Bench” (CTD): 2.3, “Two and a Half Men” (Warner Bros.): 2.2; “Family Guy” – Weekend (Twentieth) and “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (Disney-ABC): 2.0 each; “Blue Bloods” (CTD) and “Wheel of Fortune” – Weekend (CTD): 1.9 each

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

CBS Orders Crime Drama Pilot “Chiefs”
In a competitive bidding war, CBS has landed the pilot for “Chiefs,” a new cop-themed drama from Sony Pictures Studios and CBS TV Studios which explores the professional and personal lives of three driven, successful, but very different women who are each Chiefs of Police of their own precincts in L.A. County. They band together to create a task force to catch a dangerous serial killer. The proposed hour-long drama comes from David Hudgins (“Shut Eye”) and Carol Mendelsohn (“CSI”).

YouTube Red Announces Animated Comedy “Dallas & Robo”
YouTube Red has confirmed a new animated sitcom for 2018 called “Dallas & Robo,” which is described as a space adventure and buddy-comedy from the producers behind “Robot Chicken.” The YouTube Red series, which has an order for eight episodes, features the voices of 16-time WWE champion John Cena (“Trainwreck,” “Sisters”) and Kat Dennings (“2 Broke Girls,” “Thor”). “Dallas & Robo” centers around sassy space-trucker “Dallas” (Kat Dennings) and self-proclaimed warrior-poet ”Robo” (John Cena) who have to navigate their way around cannibal bikers, rival space truckers, and vending machine burritos as they try to make a buck in the seedy world of interplanetary big rigging.

Rounding out the voice cast are Jane Lynch, Dana Snyder, Giancarlo Esposito, Clancy Brown, Bree Williamson, Nat Faxon, Taran Killam and Milana Vayntraub.

The series will be produced by Shadowmachine (“Robot Chicken,” “BoJack Horseman”). Mike Roberts (“Final Space”) is the creator of the series and also serves as an executive producer. Matt Mariska (“Robot Chicken”) and Andy Sipes (“Archer”) serve as writers and executive producers. John Cena also serves as an executive producer.

NEWS OF NOTE

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Signs Long-Term Deal with Nielsen
Independent producer and distributor Entertainment Studios, the home of upcoming game show “Funny You Should Ask” and a variety of first-run court show strips, has signed a long-term agreement with Nielsen for linear and digital measurement services. The agreement makes available Nielsen’s best-in-class TV measurement for TV programs and commercial content in broadcast syndication and across all seven of the Entertainment Studios HD cable television networks (including pets.tvcomedy.tvrecipe.tvES.tv,mydestination.tv and justicecentral.tv).

“Nielsen’s world-class tools and measurement systems will continue to help us demonstrate the total value of our audience with this long-term deal,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “We are thrilled to be working with Nielsen as we look to unlock the full potential of our content, broadcast television programming, cable networks, and digital platforms for advertisers.”

In addition, the Entertainment Studios digital video-centric news platform The Grio will leverage several solutions from the Nielsen Total Audience Measurement framework including Nielsen Digital Content Ratings (DCR) and Nielsen Total Content Ratings (TCR). The activation of Digital Content Ratings and Total Content Ratings will deliver daily updates that enable the comparison between digital and linear audiences with comparable metrics. The integrated solutions will provide unduplicated audience metrics that simplify the media selling process and assist with optimizing their available ad inventory regardless of the platform and ad load.

TV Network Execs Accentuate Only the Positive During Critics’ Tour:Click here

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci reviews Fox’s upcoming “The Orville” and “The Gifted. To listen, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“North Woods Law,” featuring the Conservation Officers of New Hampshire Fish and Game who preserve and protect New Hampshire’s natural resources, will open a new season on Animal Planet on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: New Hampshire is a premiere destination for outdoorsmen and women because of its wild and rugged landscape, making the work of Conservation Officers diverse and demanding. The officers are tasked with enforcing all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the state’s fish, wildlife, recreational vehicles, and marine resources.

Discovery en Español kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with two new productions: ”RMD Garage” and “The Auto Firm Con Alex Vega.” Both series will premiere on Monday, September 11th as part of the network’s “Lunes de Motores’’ the network’s programming block dedicated to the transformation of cars that showcases real life stories that combine technology, innovation and local talent. In “Red Garage” (Mondays at 9 p.m. ET), viewers will meet Ralph Holguín, owner of one of the most famous and reputable workshops on the west coast. And “The Auto Firm Con Alex Vega” (Mondays at 10 p.m. ET) introduces Alex Vega and his business, which stands alone in the industry as the go-to, one-stop for celebrities and car enthusiasts alike.

For the first time, the Victoria’s Secret Angels will be filmed in Shanghai, China for “The Victoria’s Secrets Fashion Show,” which will be broadcast Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. on CBS. Merging fashion, fantasy and entertainment, the lingerie runway show will include pink carpet interviews, model profiles, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show, and musical performances that will be announced at a later date.

Biographical series “The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story”will debut exclusively on Netflix October 20, 2017. “The Day I Met El Chapo” is the biographical account of Mexican actress, Kate del Castillo. The three-part series tells Kate’s side of the story using never-before-seen footage and exclusive details of what led to the infamous meeting between one of the world’s most notorious drug lords, a Hollywood star and one of Mexico’s most famous television actresses.

“Gold Rush” will return on Discovery with a two-hour season premiere onFriday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: Before the new mining season even kicks off, gold miner Todd Hoffman lays everything on the line and wagers a massive bet with 22-year-old Parker Schnabel. The ever-confident Todd believes he can pull in the most gold this season. If not, he owes Parker 100 ounces of gold worth over $100,000 dollars. This sets off a head-to-head competition for the season between these two rivals.

PI POLLS
What Wednesday night network series are you most looking forward to this fall? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Discovery premieres “Garage Rehab”…Season premieres: “Buying and Selling” on HGTV, “Misfit Garage” on Discovery and “Garage Squad” on Velocity…Season finales: “Huang’s World” on Viceland and “Outrageous Acts of Science” on Science…USA drama “Suits” reaches the 100 episode milestone…For the complete primetime schedule for Wednesday, August 30, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
A Different Tony Soprano

We all remember the late – and great – James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano on HBO mob drama “The Sopranos.” But who was the first choice for the role?

a) Ray Liotta
b) Joe Pesci
c) Paul Sorvino
d) John Travolta
e) John Turturro

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following TV series did not begin its run on Tuesday?

a) “Laverne & Shirley”
b) “N.Y.P.D. Blue”
c) “Rescue 911”
d) “thirtysomething”
e) “Who’s the Boss?”
f) They all did

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e) “Who’s the Boss?,” which debuted in the Thursday 8:30 p.m. ET half-hour on Sept. 20, 1984 (out of short-lived “Foul-Ups Bleeps and Blunders”). The Tony Danza/Judith Light sitcom remained there for one month until it moved toTuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET (out of “Three’s Company” spin-off “Three’s a Crowd”).

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Ken Jobe, Synda Kollman, Alan Perris, Dan Whitford

Programming Insider


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Number of Days Until the Start of the 2017-18 TV Season: 27
ON THIS DAY

More than 78 million viewers tuned in to see David Janssen as Richard Kimble square off with the “One Armed Man” (Bill Raisch) in the series-finale of “The Fugitive” on ABC in 1967. This was the most-watched episode of a regularly scheduled television series until the mystery of “Who Shot J.R.” was resolved on CBS’ “Dallas” on Nov. 21, 1980. For a look, click here…Celebrity Birthdays: Politician John McCain is 81; upcoming “9JKL” star Elliot Gould is 79; actressCarla Gugino (“Wayward Pines”) is 46; upcoming “The Mayor” star Lea Michele is 31.

Did You Know?:
The Fugitive” was the first series historically to feature a “final episode” in which all the plot lines were resolved and all the questions were answered. ABC executives initially objected to the idea of a series finale because they feared that it would hurt the show’s syndication profits.

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Monday 8/28/17
Note: The Houston market is excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.3/ 6, ABC: 3.0/ 5, CBS: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +10, CBS and NBC: -11 each, ABC: -14, CW: -22

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC led this final August Monday in the household overnights, with summer favorite “American Ninja Warrior” at a 3.9 rating/6 share from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that bested competing “Bachelor in Paradise” on ABC (3.6/ 6) and “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox (2.0/ 3) by 8 percent and 95 percent, respectively. All three reality series were close to year-ago levels.

Also original last night was CW action/docuseries “Hooten & the Lady” at a fifth-place 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. occupants “Midnight, Texas” on NBC (#2: 2.0/ 4) and ABC game show “To Tell the Truth” (#3: 1.8/ 3), which the network decided to push back until midseason.

For the half-hour household overnight breakdown for Monday, August 28, click here
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Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 8/21/17: Click here
Tuesday 8/22/17: Click here
Wednesday 8/23/17: Click here
Thursday 8/24/17: Click here
Friday 8/25/17: Click here

Record Ratings for “Game of Thrones” Season Ender
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” concluded its seventh season last Sunday with a combined 16.5 million viewers, which marks a new series high for the medieval fantasy drama. That number includes the 12.1 million viewers who watched the episode live and the additional 4.4 million viewers via streaming. Comparably, the 12.1 million viewers in linear consumption marked a hefty 36 percent increase over the season six finale, which drew 8.9 million viewers on June 26, 2016.

The upcoming eighth – and final – season of “Game of Thrones” will air in 2018.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

CBS to Develop CIA Drama
CBS has put into development a new drama from Barbara Hall (“Madam Secretary”) and former CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller called “Family Business.” The proposed series will follow a multi-generational CIA spy family, told through the eyes of its youngest generation: three adult siblings who all struggle with rivalry, secrets, and making their mark in the intelligence community. Hall will serve as an executive producer and writer on the project, with Geller also executive producing. CBS Television Studios will produce.

Fox Orders Multi-Camera Sitcom Pilot “Suspended”
Fox is hoping to return to the world of multi-camera sitcoms with a sitcom pilot called “Suspended,” set in a high school from “Powerless” executive producers/showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker and Warner Bros. TV.

Written by Halpern and Schumacker, “Suspended” will focus on an honors government teacher accustomed to teaching the best and brightest who winds up being put in charge of a bunch of students in in-school suspension. Halpern and Schumacker will executive produce with Len Golstein, who also served as an executive producer alongside the pair on aforementioned short-lived NBC sitcom “Powerless.” WBTV is the studio, producing with Halpern and Schumacker’s Ehsugadee Productions.

Fuse Orders Game Show “Trivial Takedown”
Cable network Fuse has greenlit “Trivial Takedown,” a new pop culture game show based on UK series “Blink.” Produced by Zig Zag Productions, production began on 20 half-hour episodes earlier this month. The series is set to premiere in fall 2017.
The logline: Each episode of “Trivial Takedown” will feature two celebrity contestants competing head-to-head to identify music and pop culture icons, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Fuse will provide a mobile-web based second screen experience of this highly interactive fast-paced game that provides fans with the opportunity to test their own music and pop culture knowledge with live polls, trivia and on-screen leaderboards.

In addition, Trivial Takedown will be part of Fuse branded content distributed on Complex Networks as a result of the recently announced cross-platform partnership of the two media brands for multicultural youth. On linear TV, “Trivial Takedown” will feature the half-hour installments, while Complex Networks will air short-form versions and segments on its digital platforms. Fuse is also working on interactive extensions to the linear show, including a second screen game, with results displayed on an on-screen leaderboard.

NEWS OF NOTE

CBS Moves Up “Candy Crush” Finale
“Candy Crush,” the failing new game show hosted by Mario Lopez, will conclude thisSaturday, Sept. 2 with back-to-back episodes from 8-10 p.m. There is no word at present what will air in the Sunday 9 p.m. hour out of “Big Brother” this week.

A+E Networks Asia Launches History in Vietnam
A+E Networks has announced the launch of History in Vietnam adding to its global footprint with over 120 million households across Asia. In partnership with Vietnam’s leading content provider, Thaole Entertainment, History branded content experiences across multimedia platforms will be localized through language subtitling, strategic content curation and creation to enhance connectivity with local fans through a diverse range of different genres.

History will also be looking to produce original branded long and short form content in partnership with local partners in Vietnam, starting off with photography competition series, “Photo-Face Off,” currently in production in season four; and “History Hustle” featuring a local host challenging unsuspecting locals on the streets with interesting factoids and activities on a spontaneous test of knowledge of their country.

TV Network Execs Accentuate Only the Positive During Critics’ Tour: Clickhere

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci gives us an update on CBS summer staple “Big Brother.” To listen, click here

EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Erin Calhoun has joined Showtime in the role of Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, where she will be responsible for the strategic planning and execution of all corporate public relations initiatives on behalf of Showtime Networks (including corporate communications, distributor relations, marketing, digital media,film and documentary acquisitions, international sales, consumer products, streaming and new business development initiatives). Calhoun, who arrives from NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, will work closely with key executives throughout Showtime on internal and external communications, as well as acting as one of the primary liaisons with CBS Corporate Communications on long-range communications strategies. She will also interface with various industry and government constituents on behalf of the company, and manage the analysis and dissemination of the network’s subscriber, ratings and research data to the national media.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

HBO comedy “Vice Principals,” starring Danny McBride and Walton Goggins, will open season two on HBO on Sunday, Sept. 17.The logline: As the tumultuous school year at North Jackson High continues, a new semester brings big changes – and Gamby and Russell are about to learn that the only thing harder than gaining power is holding on to it.

Patton Oswalt’s (“The King of Queens”) new Netflix stand-up special, “Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, will be available for streaming on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The hour will focus on the last year of Patton’s life, following the passing of his wife, and how he worked through the pain and grief by finding humor. Oswalt also explores topics including the angst of social media and the current political climate.

Correction
“Happy,” the upcoming new series based on New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name, will debut on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy (and not Showtime as reported yesterday).

PI POLLS
What Tuesday night network series are you most looking forward to this fall? Clickhere
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season finales: “Animal Kingdom” on TNT and “Good Bones” on HGTV…Series premieres: “Chopped After Hours” on Food and “Date to Live” on MTV…For the complete primetime schedule for Tuesday, August 29, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Happy Tuesday!

Which one of the following TV series did not begin its run on Tuesday?

a) “Laverne & Shirley”
b) “N.Y.P.D. Blue”
c) “Rescue 911”
d) “thirtysomething”
e) “Who’s the Boss?”
f) They all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

What were the Conner clan – Roseanne, Dan, Becky, Darlene and D.J. – and Crystal eating in the season one opening credits on sitcom “Roseanne”?

a) Chinese food
b) Fruit and other desserts
c) Fried chicken
d) Loose meat sandwiches
e) Pizza

b) Fruit and other desserts. But the gang was also eating Chinese food and pizza in other season openings of “Roseanne.” For a look at the season one opening, click here

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Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan (2x), Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Bob Ingersoll, Art Salish

Programming Insider


Monday, August 28, 2017

Number of Days Until the Start of the 2017-18 TV Season: 28
ON THIS DAY

Sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show” began its five season run on The WB in 1996…In 2005, HBO historical drama “Rome, which was set in the 1st century BC and looked at the rise of the Roman Empire through the eyes of two Roman soldiers, debuted in 2005. Five seasons were planned, but it aired for only two seasons due to high production costs…Celebrity Birthdays: “Starsky & Hutch” star David Soul is 74; “The Wonder Years” moderator Daniel Stern is 60; “2 Broke Girls” starJennifer Coolidge is 56; country singer Shania Twain is 52; “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Jason Priestley is 48; actor Jack Black is 48; “That’s So Raven” starKyle Massey is 26; “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” tot Alana Thompson is 12.

Did You Know?:
“The Jamie Foxx Show, which concluded on Jan. 14, 2001, ran for 100 episodes. Fox drama “Fringe,” which starred Joshua Jackson and aired from 2008 to 2013, also produced exactly 100 episodes.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
 
Sunday 8/27/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.2/ 8, CBS: 3.2/ 6, ABC: 3.0/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3

-Percent Change From the Comparable Year-Ago Week:
NBC: +14, ABC and CBS: – 6 each, Fox: -10

Ratings Breakdown:
The Minnesota Vikings’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers, 32 to 31, on NFL Preseason Football led NBC to Sunday overnight household victory with an estimated 4.7 rating/8 share from 8-11 p.m. ET.  Comparably, this was a 12 percent increase over the 4.2/ 7 for the preseason match-up on the year-ago evening. As a reminder, overnight results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

On CBS, summer young adult demographic attraction “Big Brother” was close to year-ago overnight levels, with a second-place 4.0/ 7 from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, that tied competing “Celebrity Family Feud” on ABC and the end result this week will, hopefully, see one of these floaters getting evicted. Note to any future house guests: floating can only get you so far. It is the big moves that count on “Big Brother.” To chime in with your thoughts on “Big Brother,” click here for the PI Facebook page.

Despite the respectable lead-in support from “Big Brother,” recently introduced CBS game show “Candy Crush,” hosted by Mario Lopez, slipped to a 1.3/ 2 in the 9 p.m.hour. Comparably, that trailed competing “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” on ABC (#2: 2.4/ 4) by 46 percent.

Also original last night was ABC’s “The $100,000 Pyramid,” hosted by Michael Strahan, at a second-place 2.7/ 5 at 10 p.m.

For the half-hour household overnight breakdown for Sunday, August 27, click here
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Fast Affiliate Ratings
Friday 8/25/17: Click here
Saturday 8/26/17: Click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 8/21/17: Click here
Tuesday 8/22/17: Click here
Wednesday 8/23/17: Click here
Thursday 8/24/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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VH1 Orders “Love & Hip Hop Miami”
VH1 has announced “Love & Hip Hop Miami” for January 2018, the latest installment of the franchise, which will explore the hip hop, Latin, and reggaeton music scene in Miami as well as the rich Latinx culture and will feature Trina, as well as Trick Daddy and Gunplay. Trina will join the docu-series as she preps her upcoming album “The One” while balancing home life with her unpredictable family.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Amazon Renews “Fleabag” for Season Two
Amazon ordered a second season of the half hour series “Fleabag” with series creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with an expected premiere date in 2019. Debuting on July 21, 2016,”Fleabag” delves into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman (Waller-Bridge), as she hurls herself at modern living in London. The show is based on Waller-Bridge’s play Fleabag, which won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Critics’ Circle and Off-West End

“Fleabag” stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“A Star Wars Story: Untitled Han Solo Film”), Brett Gelman (“American Dad!,” “Twin Peaks”), Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch,” The Night Manager”), Bill Paterson (“The Rebel”), Hugh Dennis (“Outnumbered”), Hugh Skinner (“Harlots”), Jamie Demetriou (“Paddington 2), Jenny Rainsford (“The Smoke”) and Sian Clifford (“Fry-Up Paddy”).

TLC Picks-Up “Who Do You Think You Are?”
TLC has greenlit genealogy-themed “Who Do You Think You Are,”  for a new season, premiering in spring 2018. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the series follows celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery by tracing their own family trees. Throughout this experience they learn the truth about old family secrets, discover the sometimes shocking revelations and ultimately make connections with the lives of their ancestors.

The series, which began on NBC on March 5, 2010 and moved to TLC in its fourth season,  is currently nominated for an Emmy Award for Structured Reality Program, its 3rdnomination in this category. Last year “Who Do You Think You Are?” won an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Reality Program.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” is produced by Shed Media (a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television) & Is Or Isn’t Entertainment for TLC. The series is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media and Alex Graham.

NEWS OF NOTE

Nielsen TV Home Universe Up to 119.6 Million in 2017-18
Nielsen estimates that the number of television homes in the U.S. for the 2017-18 season will be 119.6 million, which is an increase of 1.4 million homes (or 1 percent) from 118.4 million last season. The number of people who are age 2 or older is up by 2.8 million to 304.5 million. And the count indicates that 96.5 percent of all U.S. homes have a TV. Comparably, that number is half a percentage point higher than last year’s.

To arrive at its national television household estimates, Nielsen combines U.S. Census Bureau data with its own national TV panel of 40,000 households, which represents a total of 100,000 viewers. The company defines a TV household as one that has “at least one operable TV/monitor with the ability to deliver video via traditional means of antennae, cable set-top-box or satellite receiver and/or with a broadband connection.”

CBS Corporation to Acquire Network Ten in Australia
CBS Corporation has agreed to acquire Network Ten, one of three major commercial broadcast networks in Australia. This transaction adds Network Ten to CBS Corporation’s global content and distribution portfolios. In addition to core linear channel Ten, the deal includes digital terrestrial television channel (DTT) Eleven, which CBS already owns a 33 per cent stake, the DTT channel ONE and Network Ten’s  digital platform, Tenplay.

CBS will also launch CBS All Access, the company’s digital subscription video on-demand service, in the Australian market. This marks another international territory announced for CBS All Access this month. The Company recently unveiled plans to make the service available in Canada next year.

TV Network Execs Accentuate Only the Positive During Critics’ Tour: Clickhere

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci gives us an update on CBS summer staple “Big Brother.” To listen, click here

INSTANT REPLAYS

Post-Mayweather-McGregor, Man Drops F-Bomb to Interrupt Stephen A. Smith on “SportsCenter”
During the post-fight analysis of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor from Las Vegas on ESPN2’s “SportsCenter” on Saturday, an inebriated man interrupted ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith’s commentary with an unexpected F-bomb. For a look, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Documentary “The Naked Truth: Debt Trap,” which examines the state of our nation’s student loan system, and what happens to the American Dream when a generation is left buried in debt, will premiere on Fusion TV on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. ET. Correspondent Ryan Nerz’s will interview some of the 44 million Americans impacted by the burden of student debt. For the channel line, click here

“Who Shot Biggie & Tupac, an investigative crime special examining two of the greatest murder mysteries in pop culture history, will air on Fox on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 8-10 p.m. ET on Fox.The two-hour investigation will be led by actor and rapper Ice-T and journalist and documentarian Soledad O’Brien.The logline: Biggie and Tupac: two larger-than-life personalities – and former friends – were gunned down within months of each other in the late 1990s. Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996. Smalls, born Christopher George Latore Wallace, was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. It has been 20 years since their murders, and no one has been held accountable.

Season three of NBC’s Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Ryan Gosling, is slated for September 30. The musical guest will be Jay-Z.

“Happy,” the upcoming new Showtime series based on New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name, will debut on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. ET. The series follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: SVU”) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy” (Patton Oswalt). Executive producers Morrison (“Batman,” “The Invisibles”) and Brian Taylor (“Crank,” “Gamer”) co-wrote the pilot teleplay. Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise), Meloni and showrunner Patrick Macmanus will also executive produce. Taylor directed the pilot.

PI POLLS
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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
E’s “Fashion Police” critiques “The 2017 Video Awards”…Docuseries “Diesel Brothers” returns on Discovery…”Carspotting” concludes for the season on Discovery…For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, August 28, click here

Programming Insider


Friday, August 25, 2017

Number of Days Until the Start of the 2017-18 TV Season: 31 
ON THIS DAY

Game show “Concentration, hosted by Hugh Downs, debuted on NBC in daytime in 1958…Teen drama “My So-Called Life, headlined by 15-year-old Claire Danes, debuted on ABC in 1994. It was produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, the creators of “thirtysomething,” and was considered a hit creatively. But low ratings and rumors of Danes not interested in returning for a second season led to its demise after just 19-episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor Sean Connery is 87;Regis Philbin is 86; Rock singer Elvis Costello is 63; Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 56; “Profiler” star Ally Walker is also 56; “LA Law’s” Blair Underwood is 53; daytime talk show host Rachael Ray is 49; daytime soap actor Cameron Mathison is 48; model Claudia Schiffer is 46; “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively is 30.

Did You Know?:
ABC’s “My So-Called Life” aired in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour, facing drama “Due South” on CBS, and sitcoms “Mad About You” and “Friends” on NBC, and“Martin” and “Living Single” on Fox. As one of the more challenging time periods for ABC, other new scripted dramas that came and quickly went in subsequent seasons included “Charlie Grace, “High Incident, “Nothing Sacred” and “Vengeance Unlimited.” How many of these shows do you remember?

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Thursday 8/24/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.1/ 6, NBC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3, ABC: 1.5/ 3, CW: 1.0/2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +67, Fox: +12, CBS: -14, ABC and NBC: -35 each

Ratings Breakdown:
The weekly live eviction show on “Big Brother” led CBS to Thursday overnight household victory, scoring a 3.8 rating/7 share in the 9 p.m. ET hour. Comparably, this was right on par with the year-ago overnight rating. But, speaking as the ultimate fan of “Big Brother,” these housemates all naively thinking they can beat Paul at the end is just plain difficult to watch. My vote for the worst “showmance” in the history of the reality/competition: Matt and Raven. To chime in with your thoughts, visit the PI Facebook page by clicking here

Particularly positive for NBC was “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update” tying “Big Brother,” with a 3.9/ 7 in the 9 p.m. half-hour. For a look a Alec Baldwin’s latest impersonation of our president, click here

Unfortunately, the support from “SNL” has not benefited lead-out sitcom “Great News,” which dipped by 54 percent in the household overnights with a 1.8/ 3 (#2t) at 9:30 p.m.

There were two season finales last night: Game show “The Wall” (#2: 3.0/ 6), which remained a respectable option for NBC, and ABC singing competition “Boy Band” (#4: 1.6/ 3), which is unlikely to see a second season.

Also original last night was Fox’s pairing of “Beat Shazam” (#3: 1.8/ 3) and “Love Connection” (#4: 1.7/ 3), which are both confirmed to return next season despite the ongoing lack of interest; and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 1.1/ 2 from 8-9 p.m.) and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” on The CW (#5: 0.9/ 2 in the 9 p.m. half-hour).

Medical drama “The Night Shift” (#1: 2.4/ 5) on NBC, meanwhile , bested competing “Zoo” on CBS (#2: 1.6/ 3) by 50 percent. Chances of a fourth season for “Zoo” is highly unlikely. And “Battle of the Network Stars” on ABC remained out of the competitive loop at a fourth-place 1.6/ 3 in the 9 p.m. hour.

For the half-hour household overnight breakdown for Thursday, August 24, click here
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Tuesday 8/22/17: Click here
Wednesday 8/23/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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“Starsky & Hutch” Revival in Development at Sony Pictures TV
Aaron Spelling crime solver “Starsky & Hutch,” which initially aired on ABC from 1975 to 1979 and was remade as a film in 2004 with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, is the next classic series in talks to be rebooted.  “The Guardians Of the Galaxy” franchise writer-director James Gunn is spearheading the proposed series for Sony Pictures Television, which is currently being pitched to broadcast, cable and streaming networks. In addition to executive producing, Gunn will also write the project along with his brother Brian Gunn and their cousin Mark Gunn. The three Gunns will also executive produce along with Neal Moritz and Pavun Shetty. Moritz will produce through his Sony-based Original Film banner, at which Shetty is the head of TV.

This new version of “Starsky & Hutch” comes following the recent news of potential revivals of “The Munsters” and “Miami Vice” on NBC and a live action version of “The Jetsons” on ABC. This fall, new versions of “S.W.A.T.” on CBS and “Dynasty” on The CW will be premiering.

Pop Orders Comedy “Let’s Get Physical”
Cable net Pop has ordered eight episodes of a scripted sitcom fr 201 all“Let’s Get Physical,” which is described as a modern day story set in the world of aerobics. The logline: “Let’s Get Physical” centers on a slacker named Joe who, with every breath he takes, makes a reluctant comeback in the fitness industry after his dad, Colonel Tom Force, a.k.a. “The Godfather of Aerobics,” unexpectedly passes away and wills his son the broken-down family gym. In a “Brewster’s Millions”-type switch to receive the family fortune and estate, Joe must take on his arch-nemesis, who has become a highly successful fitness entrepreneur.

Executive produced by Rosey TV’s Michael Rosenberg (“Hell on Wheels,” “Hung”), Connor Pritchard’s Inside Center Productions (“Workaholics”), Ben and Dan Newmark of Grandma’s House Entertainment and John Morayniss for eOne, the cast includes Matt Jones (“Breaking Bad,” “Mom”), Chris Diamantopoulos (“Silicon Valley,” “Episodes”) and AnnaLynne McCord (“90210,” “Nip/Tuck”)

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Amazon Renews “Transparent” for Season Five
Amazon Studios has greenlit a fifth season of dramedy “Transparent” before its fourth season premiere (on Sept. 22), with an expected 10 new episodes for 2018. The entire Pfefferman family will be back including Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker.

Debuting on Feb. 6, 2014, “Transparent” revolves around a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that the person they knew as their father, Mort (Jeffrey Tambor), is transgender.

Netflix Picks-Up “Last Chance U” for Season Three
Netflix announced that documentary series “Last Chance U” is coming back for a third season for a new setting at Independence Community College in Kansas. The series follows the lives of elite athletes who deal with personal dramas, past mistakes and future goals as they hopefully realize their dreams of competing at the next level.

“Last Chance U” is a Netflix production in association with Condé Nast Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment and One Potato Productions. The series was originally inspired by a feature article in GQ magazine; and is executive produced by Greg Whiteley, Joe LaBracio, Dawn OstroffLucas Smith, James Stern, Ben Cotner, Adam Del Deo and Lisa Nishimura.

NEWS OF NOTE

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC Moves Back One Hour
After over two decades anchoring ABC’s Sunday night primetime line-up at 7 p.m. ET, the network will move veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos, hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro,” in the Sunday 8 p.m. hour. Game show “To Tell the Truth,” which was the original choice in the Sunday 8 p.m. hour this fall, will now return at an undisclosed date and time in midseason.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” will now air into relocated “Shark Tank” at 9 p.m., followed by upcoming 10-episode drama “Ten Days in the Valley,” headlined by Kyra Sedgwick. ABC has now confirmed what will replace “AFHV” in the Sunday 7 p.m.time period.

Decades Acquires “The Ed Sullivan Show”
Decades, the home for classic television, will begin airing “The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show” weekdays at 12 p.m. ET5 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET, respectively, effective on Monday, Sept. 4. Presenting two 30-minute episodes each weekday in these three time periods, every show will feature pop culture icons, entertainers and performers (including The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Harry Belafonte, Joan Rivers, The Carpenters, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, George Carlin, Ella Fitzgerald, The Temptations, The Doors, Richard Pryor, Elvis Presley, Liza Minnelli, George Burns and The Beatles).

“The Ed Sullivan Show,” a weekly breeding ground for family co-viewership, aired on CBS originally from 1948 to 1971.

Casting News
Diane Guerrero (“Orange is the New Black”) has joined the cast of CBS sitcom “Superior Donuts.” She will be introduced in the second season premiere on Monday, Oct. 30 (at 9:30 asSofia, a young Uptown gentrifier who parks her food truck, which serves healthy, socially conscious breakfast foods, in front of Arthur’s old-school donut shop. Though Arthur (Judd Hirsch) assumes she’s an entitled millennial, she’s actually a hard-working, enterprising, self-made woman who has poured every penny into her food truck business, which she plans to turn into an empire.

-TV Network Execs Accentuate Only the Positive During Critics’ Tour: Clickhere

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci gives us an update on CBS summer staple “Big Brother.” To listen, click here

INSTANT REPLAYS

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump Appears on “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update – Summer Edition”
Alec Baldwin returned to the NBC Studio 8H stage once more for the Aug. 24 edition of  “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update – Summer Edition” in his iconic portrayal of Donald Trump. “Trump” initially wore eclipse sunglasses and then addressed his Phoenix fans about Charlottesville, Afghanistan, the Mexican border wall and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. For a look, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Discovery Channel will debut new series “Street Justice: The Bronx,” featuring decorated NYPD detective Ralph Friedman, on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: New York City’s infamous 41st precinct, dubbed “Ft. Apache” was home to every type of violent crime imaginable during the city’s most violent years: the 1970s and ‘1980s. From seemingly unsolvable murder cases, to undercover busts and deadly shootouts in broad daylight, Detective Friedman was involved in some of the most intense, life threatening cases ever seen on the streets of NYC. From an illegal weapons sting that devolved into a deadly shootout, to a manhunt for a ruthless serial rapist targeting women in Williamsbridge, Friedman repeatedly put his life on the line to bring justice to The Bronx.

Season two of fantasy series “The Shannara Chronicles” will premiere on Spike TV on Wednesday, October 11 at 10 p.m. ET. Season two takes place one year after the events of last season. The Four Lands are in chaos. The re-emergence of magic has the populace terrified, and an organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to sow discord among the races. Wil, scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eretria, has turned his back on his magical destiny to become a healer. But when a mysterious woman named Mareth saves Wil from a Crimson attack, he is forced to rejoin the fight.

Upcoming VH1 competition series “Scared Famous” will premiere on Monday, October 23 at 9PM ET. The logline: Rapper Redman is named the Master of Scare-a-Monies for 10 of the biggest reality stars as they try to endure gruesome challenges and terrifying scares that pay homage to recent horror hits. Over two weeks, these celebrities will move into an eerie estate in Savannah, Georgia and test their limits for a chance to donate $100,000 to his or her favorite charity. They must rely on alliances, strategy and friendships, but supernatural forces beyond their control may be their true undoing.

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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The Kansas City Chiefs face the Seattle Seahawks on NFL Preseason Football on CBS…Series premieres: Comedy “Disjointed” on Amazon and the revival of “The Tick” on Amazon…”Dark Matter” concludes for the season on Syfy…For the complete primetime schedule for Friday, August 25, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
First Up in the Miniseries Category

Which one of the following classic network miniseries debuted first?

a) “Holocaust”
b) “Rich Man, Poor Man”
c) “Roots”
d) “Shogun”
e) “Thorn Birds”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following long-running series newer finished the season as the top-rated show in all of primetime (based on household rating)?

a) “Friends”
b) “The Golden Girls”
c) “Laverne & Shirley”
d) “Seinfeld”
e) “Survivor”
f) They all did

Is: b) “The Golden Girls,” which rose as high as No. 4 for the 1987-88 season (with a 21.8 household rating). For comparative purposes, here were the top 10 rated shows that season:

  1. “The Cosby Show” (NBC): 27.8 rating
  2. “A Different World” (NBC): 25.0
  3. “Cheers” (NBC): 23.4
  4. “The Golden Girls” (NBC): 21.8
  5. “Growing Pains” (ABC): 21.3
  6. “Who’s The Boss?” (ABC): 21.2
  7. “Night Court” (NBC): 20.8
  8. “60 Minutes” (CBS): 20.6
  9. “Murder, She Wrote” (CBS): 20.2
  10. “Alf” (NBC) and “The Wonder Years” (ABC): 18.8 each



Trivia All-Stars

Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Jody McIntyre, Aaron Paquette, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi, Neal Sabin, Anthony Salerno

Programming Insider


Monday, August 21, 2017
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Sunday 8/20/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.2/ 6, ABC: 2.6/ 5, NBC: 1.8/ 3, Fox: 0.8/ 1

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped the evening in the household overnights thanks to the 7-9 p.m.combination of an encore telecast of “60 Minutes” (#1 for the night: 5/7 rating/11 share) and perennial summer guilty pleasure “Big Brother” (#1: 4.0/ 7), which is a lock for nightly dominance in all the key young adult demographics. If Christmas really wants to make a move, now is the time to get Jason or floater Matt out of the house.

In the original sports department was the P&G Championships – Women’s Events on NBC, which limped along with a 2.0/ 4 from 7-9 p.m. Also original was CBS game show “Candy Crush,” which dipped to a mere 1.3/ 2 from 9-10 p.m. with retention out of lead-in “Big Brother” of just 32 percent. Note to host Mario Lopez: Keep you day job on “Extra”!

“Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” on ABC, meanwhile, scored a typical 2.5/ 4 in the 9 p.m. hour.

For the half-hour household overnight breakdown for Sunday, August 20, click here

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Tuesday 8/15/17: Click here
Wednesday 8/16/17: Click here
Thursday 8/17/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

ABC Orders Live Action “The Jetsons” Sitcom Pilot
Animated classic “The Jetsons” is the next potential TV series to be revived, with ABC ordering a live-action adaptation of the sitcom from Warner Bros. Telebvision. Based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, the proposed series  is a multi-camera sitcom set 100 years in the future that follows the exploits of the Jetson family.

Robert Zemeckis will executive produce along with Jack Rapke via their Compari Entertainment banner. Gary Janetti, who has written for and produced shows like “Family Guy” and “Will & Grace,” will write and executive produce.

The original version of the sitcom, which aired on ABC from 1962-1963 in primetime as a futuristic counterpart to the pre-historic animated sitcom “The Flintstones,” followed George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with their robot maid Rosie and family dog Astro. The series was later revived by Hanna-Barbera in 1985 in syndication with 41 new episodes, and animated feature “Jetsons: The Movie” was released in theaters in 1990.

No casting, at present, has been announced.

NBC Snags Drama Pilot “The Unrequited”
NBC is eyeing a drama from “Pitch” executive producer Kevin Falls and 20thCentury Television called “The Unrequited.” Written/executive produced by Falls, The Unrequited” revolves around four adult siblings who descend on their mother’s home for the funeral of their father, the former governor of California. After the youngest and only son finds an old, unopened love letter from a college girlfriend, it starts a chain of events that might change the trajectory of both his own life and members of his family.

Falls previously created and executive produced the NBC “Journeyman” and TNT legal dramedy “Franklin & Bash.”

NEWS OF NOTE

Comedy Legend Jerry Lewis Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, who found early fame teaming with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later was featured solo in comedies like “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, died yesterday in his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, Lewis changed his name from Joey Lewis to Jerry Lewis to avoid confusion with comedian Joe E. Lewis and boxing champion Joe Louis. His first live TV appearance with Dean Martin was on the debut of CBS variety series “Toast of the Town” on June 20, 1948 (which was later retitled “The Ed Sullivan Show”). The duo headlined 17 films together including “My Friend Irma” (1949), “That’s My Boy” (1951), “The Caddy” (1953), “The Stooge” (1954) and “Artists and Models” (1955); and they co-hosted NBC’s “The Colgate Comedy Hour” from 1950 to 1955.

After the partnership ended on July 24, 1956, Lewis began performing regularly at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, which led to a special on NBC in 1957, performances in night clubs across the county, appearances on game show “What’s My Line?,” movies like “The Sad Sack” (1957), “The Geisha Boy” (1958) and “Don’t Give Up the Ship” (1959), and a comic book series. Following aforementioned “The Bellboy” in 1960 came theatrical comedies like “The Ladies Man” (1961), “The Errand Boy” (1961), “The Nutty Professor” (1963), ‘The Patsy” (1964) and “The Disorderly Orderly” (1964).

Lewis also headlined two self-titled primetime variety series: the first on ABC in 1963 and the second for NBC from 1967 to 1969.

Later films on Lewis’ resume included “The Family Jewels” (1965), which he also directed and co-wrote, “Boeing Being” (1965), “Three on a Couch” (1966) , “Way…Way Out” (1966), “The Big Mouth” (1967) and “Hook, Line & Sinker” (1969).

Lewis also taught a film directing class at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for a number of years, and his students included Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

After an on-screen absence of 11 years, Lewis returned to film in “Hardly Working” in 1981, followed by Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” in 1983. He also made a pair of films in France in 1984, “The Defective Detective” and “How Did You Get In? We Didn’t See You Leave,” and he failed at an attempt at a syndicated talk show for Metromedia, also in 1984, which lasted for just five episodes. Later television appearances included five episodes of CBS drama “Wiseguy” and NBC sitcom “Mad About You.”

Lewis made his Broadway debut, as a replacement cast member playing the devil in a revival of “Damn Yankees.”

Lewis , of course, was also known for his efforts as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He devoted more than a half-century to fighting the neuromuscular disease, hosting an annual Labor Day telethon — and raising nearly $2.5 billion — from 1955 until he was ousted before the 2011 telecast. Lewis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts.

Lewis also appeared in such films as “Cookie” (1989), “Arizona Dream” (1993), “Funny Bones” (1995) and “Max Rose” (2016), and he played opposite Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in The Trust” in 2016. He also performed a cameo as himself in Billy Crystal’s “Mr. Saturday Night” in 1992 and guest-starred on a 2006 episode of Law & Order: SVU.”

When Lewis was 18, he met singer Patti Palmer, and they wed 10 days later. During their marriage, which lasted from 1944 to 1982, they had five sons and adopted another child. His youngest, Joseph, became a drug addict and committed suicide in 2009 at age 45.

Lewis married his second wife, SanDee Pitnick, in 1983. They adopted a daughter, Danielle.

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon to Executive Produce: “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live”
Oscar winner Viola Davis and Julius Tennon will executive-produce “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live,” a special one-hour telecast event which will invite the public to help rethink the future of American high schools. The telecast, which will combine live musical, comedy and documentary segments to bring to life the past, present and future of the American high school system, will air live from Los Angeles on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox on Friday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

Donald and Melania Trump to Skip “The Kennedy Center Honors”
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced Saturdaymorning, after two of the honorees, legendary television writer and producer Norman Lear and dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, said they would boycott the White House reception if Trump was present.

“The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” a statement from the White House read.

Lear previously publicly said he would skip the White House reception in protest over the administration’s proposal to cut funding for the arts.

Another honoree, musician and record producer Lionel Richie, said on NBC’s “Today” show last week that he was unsure whether he would go. Also being honored are singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan and hip-hop artist and actor LL Cool J.

Historically, this will be only the fourth time in the event’s 40 years that a president will miss it. President Bill Clinton skipped in 1994 because he was headed to Budapest, Hungary, President George H.W. Bush missed 1989 because of a summit in Malta, and Jimmy Carter skipped in 1979 because of the Iran hostage crisis.

The 40th annual telecast of “The Kennedy Center Honors” will air on CBS on Sunday, December 3rd.

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Insider reviews upcoming military dramas “The Brave” on NBC and “Valor” on The CW. To listen, click here

The Daily Brief Podcast
PromaxBDA Editorial Director Paige Albiniak and Programming Insider Editor in Chief Marc Berman discuss what went down at TCA 2017. Included are the issues of diversity, reboots and the upcoming new network series that show the most promise. To listen, click here

TV Comes Out About its Closeted Portrayals of LGBTQ: Click here
ABC to Focus on “American Idol” and “Roseanne” Reboots: Click here
Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd ThingClick here
TruTV Keeps Pushing New Comedy Brand Forward: Click  here
PBS Forges Ahead Despite Threat of Federal Funding Loss: Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Actor Terrence J. will host the upcoming season of MTV matchmaking series,“Are You The One?, which will be set in New Orleans where they will strive to find their “perfect match” for a share in a million dollar prize. It opens onWednesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. ET.

PI POLLS
What is your favorite Jerry Lewis movie? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The New York Giants face the Cleveland Browns on preseason football on ESPN…Nat Geo debuts “When Nature Calls””CBSN: On Assignment”concludes for the season (or series) on CBS…For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, August 21, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Remembering Jerry Lewis

One career move Jerry Lewis always regretted was turning down one of the lead roles in a theatrical comedy that ultimately became a classic. Which film was it?

a) “The Apartment”
b) “The Great Dictator”
c) “The Odd Couple”
d) “The Pink Panther”
e) “Some Like it Hot”

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following TV characters liked to frequent a tavern called The Bigger Jigger?

a) Dan Conner
b) Vinton Harper
c) Doug Heffernan
d) Samantha Jones
e) Walter White

Is: b) Vinton Harper, who was played by Ken Berry on 1980s sitcom “Mama’s Family.”

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John Beadle. Gerry Bixenspan, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, James Kelly, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Debra Ray, Derek Rogers, Joe Rubi, Joe Swaney, Carol Teichman, Evan Weinstein

Programming Insider


Friday, August 18, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
Showtime debuted made-for television movie “Losing Chase,” featuring Helen MirrenBeau Bridges and Kyra Sedgwick, in 1996…Patrick Swayzereceived a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997…Celebrity Birthdays: Film star Robert Redford is 81; Denis Leary (“Rescue Me”) is 60; Christian Slater of “Mr. Robot” is 48; actor Edward Norton is also 48; Former “Cosby Show” star Malcolm Jamal Warner is 47; “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Andy Samberg is 39.

-Did You Know?:
Malcolm Jamal Warner, who is also remembered for his four season (1996 to 2000) stint on UPN sitcom “Malcolm & Eddie, has a supporting role in upcoming ABC drama “Ten Days in the Valley. It debuts on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
 
Note: The metered market (overnight) ratings for Thursday, August 17 were not available at press time. But please visit our website by 11:30 a.m. ET today for the fast affiliate ratings.

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 8/14/17: Click here
Tuesday 8/15/17: Click here
Wednesday 8/16/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

A+E Orders Docuseries “Cultureshock”
A&E Network is partnering with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and his company, Warrior Poets, and Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly to produce “Cultureshock,” an eight-hour original documentary series that looks at the untold stories behind watershed moments in pop culture that have had a lasting impact on our culture. Each episode of ‘Cultureshock’ will shed light on the untold stories behind those big, unforgettable moments, helmed by an acclaimed director with the full participation of the key players in the story. “Cultureshock” will premiere in 2018.

Initial episodes of “Cultershock” will include comedian W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America”) directing a film about how Chris Rock changed the face of comedy with his seminal 1996 comedy special “Bring the Pain;” and a profile of the cult classic series, “Freaks and Geeks,” which was cancelled after one season. Morgan Spurlock will also look at the rise of the raw and salacious real-life television theater of tabloid talk shows like “The Jerry Springer Show” and “Geraldo,” which laid the groundwork for today’s reality television shows.

“Cultureshock” is produced by Warrior Poets in association with Entertainment Weekly. Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin are Executive Producers for Warrior Poets. Jess Cagle, Henry Glodblatt, J.J. Miller and Ian Orefice are Executive Producers for Entertainment Weekly. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson are Executive Producers for A&E.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Sitcom “I’m Sorry” Renewed for Season Two by truTV
Cable net truTV has greenlight scripted comedy “I’m Sorry” for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2018. Debuting onJuly 12,” I’m Sorry” follows seemingly confident, together comedy writer, wife and mom Andrea (Andrea Savage), who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations, along with her more straitlaced husband Mike (Tom Everett Scott), and their inquisitive daughter Amelia (Olive Petrucci).

I’m Sorry” is executive produced by Savage, Joey Slamon, Gloria Sanchez’s Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell & Adam McKay and Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. New episodes debut Wednesdays at 10pm ET on truTV and the season one finale is set for Wednesday, September 6. truTV will air a season one catch-up marathon on Monday, September 4beginning at  p.m. ET.

AXS TV Renews “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hager”
AXS TV has greenlit “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hager,” presented by Mercury Insurance, for a third season. Production on the 12-episode season began this month and is scheduled for air in early 2018. The upcoming season of “Rock & Roll Road Trip” will feature Sammy Hagar (The Red Rocker) traveling the country to interview and often perform with musicians like Dave Grohl, Roger Daltrey, Sarah McLachlan, Bob Weir, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and more.

The series is produced in-house by AXS TV. Sammy Hagar, Tom Consolo, Evan Haiman and Kari Hagar all serve as executive producers and the series is produced by Stephen Stormer.

NEWS OF NOTE

“Lassie” Star Jon Shepodd Dies at 92
Jon Shepodd, the first actor to play the role of Paul Martin on CBS family drama “Lassie,” has died, according to a posting on Facebook by “Lassie” star Jon Provost. He was 92.

Born as Hugh Goodwin on Dec. 19, 1925, Jon Shepodd made his debut on “Lassie” in season four opposite Cloris Leachman as his wife Ruth. When the ratings decreased, a result of Leachman’s performance according to many, both Leachman and Shepodd exited the series in March 1958 and were replaced by June Lockhart and Hugh Reilly. Lockhart and Reilly stayed with “Lassie” opposite young Jon Provost until 1964.

Shepodd, additionally, appeared in films “Attack” (1956), “The Garment Jungle” (1957), “The Power of Resurrection” (1958) and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”

Production Begins on Freeform Made-for Movie “Angry Angel”
Freeform, in association with Sony Pictures Television, announced that it has started production on their first original Christmas movie, “Angry Angel,” in Toronto. From Golden Globe-nominated director and writer Will Gluck (“Easy A”, “Friends with Benefits”), the two-hour special holiday feature stars Jason Biggs (“Orange Is the New Black”), Brenda Song (“Pure Genius”), Ricky Mabe (“Preacher“), Andrew Bachelor (“Meet the Blacks”) and Andy Favreau (“Aquarius“).  Set in New York City, “Angry Angel” follows a young woman turned angel, Allison Pyke (Song), who is stuck on Earth and can’t seem to ring the right bells in order to pass through those pearly gates into heaven. When the love of her life, Patrick (Mabe), shows up in New York City, it complicates Pyke’s journey as well as frustrates her angel mentor Jason Biggs (Biggs). The not-so-merry situation also turns into an unexpected love triangle with her friend with sometimes benefits, Barker (Favreau).

The Daily Brief Podcast
PromaxBDA Editorial Director Paige Albiniak and Programming Insider Editor in Chief Marc Berman discuss what went down at TCA 2017. Included are the issues of diversity, reboots and the upcoming new network series that show the most promise. To listen, click here

TV Comes Out About its Closeted Portrayals of LGBTQ: Click here
ABC to Focus on “American Idol” and “Roseanne” Reboots: Click here
Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd ThingClick here
TruTV Keeps Pushing New Comedy Brand Forward: Click  here
PBS Forges Ahead Despite Threat of Federal Funding Loss: Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Competition renovation series “Game of Homes” will return to Discovery Family on Monday, Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET for the first of eight new episodes. This season, Dave Salmoni (Pet Nation Renovation) guides four teams of amateur home renovators as they attempt to save dilapidated houses that are destined for the wrecking ball and revive them room by room into their dream homes.

TLC will open a new season of “Kindred Spirits” on Friday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET into the debut of “Evil Things” at 10 p.m. ET.In the season premiere of “Kindred Spirits,” Amy and Adam investigate one of the most infamous haunted homes in America: the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Mass. And each episode of “Evil Things” features two stories of people who claim they’ve survived frightening paranormal activity caused by a haunted object ranging from toys to jewelry and even furniture. Anything can become a vessel for the dead. Based on first-person accounts, each twisted mystery exposes the sinister secrets hiding within seemingly innocent items… some of which could be sitting in your own home right now.

“Mary, Mary” will return for its sixth – and final – season on WE tv onThursday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET.  The series, which chronicles the lives of Erica and Tina Campbell, sisters and members of the contemporary gospel group Mary Mary, returns with six one hour-long episodes. The the fifth season of “Mary Mary” reached 12.7 million total viewers and was the #1 cable program in its time period among African-American women 25-54.

Drama series “The Halcyon,” the story of a bustling and glamorous five-star hotel at the center of London society in 1940, will debut on Ovation on Monday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. ET. The series shows London life through the prism of war and the impact ot has on families, politics, relationships and work across every social strata, all set to the soundtrack of the music of the era.

INSTANT REPLAYS

Yes, That Was Amy Schumer on “Judge Judy”
During a case about possession of collectible cards on yesterday’s edition of the syndicated hit “Judge Judy,” a notable celebrity appeared sitting in the courtroom — actress and comedienne Amy Schumer. For a look, click here

PI POLLS
What grade would you give the debut of NBC sitcom Marlon? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Neflix debuts “Marvel’s The Defenders”…Season three of animated“Dinotrux” is available for streaming on Netflix…Docuseries “Kendra on Top”returns on WE…”Under the Influence” concludes for the season on Reelz…For the complete primetime schedule for Friday, August 18, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
The Bigger Jigger

Which one of the following TV characters liked to frequent a tavern called The Bigger Jigger?

a) Dan Conner
b) Vinton Harper
c) Doug Heffernan
d) Samantha Jones
e) Walter White

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which pair of TV series never featured any crossover appearances between the two?

a) “Alice” and “The Dukes of Hazzard”
b) “The Brady Bunch” and “The Partridge Family”
c) “Cheers” and “St. Elsewhere”
d) “Community” and “Cougar Town”
e) “The Donna Reed Show” and “Dennis the Menace”
f) They all did

Is: b) “The Brady Bunch” and “The Partridge Family.” Aside from Danny Bonaduce clobbering Barry Williams on Fox’s “Celebrity Boxing,” the casts of two sitcoms did not appear together on camera.

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Trivia All-Stars

Gerry Bixenspan, Gail Goins, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Tom Moore, Anthony Salerno, Joe Swaney, Ralph Tobias

Programming Insider


Thursday, August 17, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
The historical TV game show scandal investigation began in 1958 after the public learned that many of the shows were rigged. The most publicized and notorious scandals surrounded three quiz shows: “Twenty-One, “The $64,000 Question” (the first big-money television quiz show), and “Dotto.All of these shows were eventually driven off the air… The first episode of VH-1’s “Behind the Music” aired in 1997…Also in 1997: Showtime aired a made-for television movie remake of “12 Angry Men.” The cast featured Courtney B. VanceOssie DavisGeorge C. ScottArmin Mueller-StahlDorian HarewoodJames GandolfiniTony DanzaJack LemmonHume CronynMykelti WilliamsonEdward James Olmos and William Petersen…Celebrity Birthdays: Two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro is 74; “Land of the Lost” star Wesley Eure is 66; Sean Penn, another double Oscar winner, is 57; Donnie Walhberg is 48.

-Did You Know?:
“Quiz Show,” a 1994 film produced by Robert Redford, chronicled the game show scandals of the 1950s, the rise and fall of popular contestant Charles Van Doren after the fixed loss of Herb Stempel, and Congressional investigator Richard Goodwin’s subsequent probe. It starred John Turturro,Rob MorrowRalph FiennesDavid Paymer and Paul Scofield.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
 
Wednesday 8/16/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.1/ 7, ABC: 3.4/ 6, CBS: 2.7/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded because NBC aired The 2016 Summer Olympics.

-Ratings Breakdown:
“America’s Got Talent” on NBC towered over a still respectably rated edition of “Big Brother” on CBS, with a 7.1 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m. “Big Brother,” which features a double eviction this evening, scored a 4.1/ 7.

“America’s Got Talent” led into the debut of sitcom “Marlon,” starring Marlon Wayans, at a second-place 3.6/ 6 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which was clearly sampled. But “Marlon” also dipped by 51 percent from the 8:30 p.m. portion of “AGT” (7.3/13). A second episode of “Marlon” dipped to a 2.9/ 5 (#2) at 9:30 p.m.

In the specials department was “CMA Fest 2017” on ABC, which scored a 3.4/ 6 in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m. (peaking in the 9 p.m. half-hour at a 4.0/ 7).

In season (or finale) news, “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay” closed its marginally rated first season with a quiet 1.1/ 2 in the 9 p.m. hour. The lead-in, “MasterChef,” averaged a 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m. Note to Fox: One series this summer with Ramsay would have been more than enough.

Also original last night were two episodes of failing CBS drama “Salvation” at an average 1.9/ 3 from 9-11 p.m.

For the complete half-hour breakdown for Wednesday, August 16, clickhere

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 8/14/17: Click here
Tuesday 8/15/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

OWN Orders Coming-Of-Age Drama Series from ‘Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has greenlit a one-hour coming-of-age drama, still-to-be titled, from “Moonlight” co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, the studio behind the network’s “Queen Sugar. Set in South Florida at the end of Barack Obama’s presidency, the series will follow a 14-year-old prodigy who is grieving the death of his best friend as he struggles to decide whether to stay in his community or leave to pursue a higher education. The storyline is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life.

McCraney is set to co-executive produce with actor Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”).

McCraney and director Barry Jenkins won an Academy Award for co-writing “Moonlight,” which was based on McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”

USA Eyes “Suits” Spin-Off 
USA Network and Universal Cable Productions have announced that the season seven finale of drama “Suits,” airing in the first quarter of 2018, will serve as a potential spin-off to center around powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). The logline: The season-ender will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Pearson as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, Pearson must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory.

The pilot will be executive produced and written by “Suits”  creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin, and will be directed by “Suits” alum Anton Cropper (“House of Lies,” “Blackish”). Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic (“Suits”) will also serve as executive producers.

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NEWS OF NOTE

Carlton Cuse Signs Multi-Year Deal with ABC Studios
Writer, producer and director Carlton Cuse has re-joined ABC Studios in a multi-year overall deal.Cuse’s company, Genre Arts, will create and produce content across all network, cable and streaming platforms. Under the Genre Arts banner, Cuse will develop projects and collaborate with other writers to bring their visions to the screen under the new agreement.

This new venture marks a return for Cuse to ABC Studios, where he served as co-showrunner of “Lost” for six years. Since that time, Cuse placed six projects on a variety of cable outlets (including “Bates Motel” on A&E), working as a writer, showrunner and director on as many as four series simultaneously.

Casting News
Joy Nash (“Twin Peaks,” “The Mindy Project”) has been cast in the lead role of Plum in the network’s upcoming original AMC drama series “Dietland,” based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same name. Set against the backdrop of the beauty industry, this part-character drama and part-revenge fantasy explores society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty in a bold, original and wickedly entertaining way. “Dietland” is slated to premiere on AMC with 10 episodes in 2018.

The Daily Brief Podcast
PromaxBDA Editorial Director Paige Albiniak and Programming Insider Editor in Chief Marc Berman discuss what went down at TCA 2017. Included are the issues of diversity, reboots and the upcoming new network series that show the most promise. To listen, click here

TV Comes Out About its Closeted Portrayals of LGBTQ: Click here
ABC to Focus on “American Idol” and “Roseanne” Reboots: Click here
Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd ThingClick here
TruTV Keeps Pushing New Comedy Brand Forward: Click  here
PBS Forges Ahead Despite Threat of Federal Funding Loss: Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The fourth season premiere of “Survivor’s Remorse” on Starz airs this Sunday, August 20th at 10 p.m. ET.  The logline: As the Calloways continue to grow as a family, season four takes a deeper dive into each character as they wrestle with adulthood and the secrets of their past. Life off the court continues to be a bigger game than the one on the court- and the human struggle doesn’t go away, no matter how much money or success they have. Grounded in relevant, true-to-life struggles, the critically-acclaimed series continues to tackle real-life current issues, no-holds-barred- and with a unique comedic touch.

TLC docuseries “My Giant Life,” featuring six women standing at 6 feet 6 inches and above. Will open season three on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. ET. Haleigh, Alicia Jay, Katja, Lindsay, Krista and Coco will take viewers inside their everyday lives as they deal with issues that far surpass height than ever before.

Season two of “Victoria” in the “Masterpiece” franchise on PBS will debut onSunday, January 14, 2018. The upcoming season will find Victoria (Jenna Coleman) adapting to motherhood after the birth of her first child, a daughter. Meanwhile, the disaster of the Anglo-Afghan War unfolds abroad, and the catastrophic Irish potato famine begins to wreak havoc.

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PI POLLS
Who would you like to see exit “Big Brother” tonight in the first of two evictions? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season premieres: “Project Runway” on Lifetime, “Tiny House, Big Living”on DIY, and “Flipping Out” and “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” on Bravo…”Alone” concludes for the season on History…For the complete primetime schedule for Thursday, August 17, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
No Crossovers

Which pair of TV series never featured any crossover appearances between the two?

a) “Alice” and “The Dukes of Hazzard”
b) “The Brady Bunch” and “The Partridge Family”
c) “Cheers” and “St. Elsewhere”
d) “Community” and “Cougar Town”
e) “The Donna Reed Show” and “Dennis the Menace”
f) They all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following movies was never spun-off into a pilot for a proposed TV series?

a) “Beverly Hills Cop”
b) “Clerks”
c) “Darkman”
d) “Forrest Gump”
e) “Steel Magnolias”

Is: d) “Forrest Gump,” which resulted in a second consecutive Best Actor Oscar for star Tom Hanks.

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Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Mary Kinoshita, Jody McIntyre, Derek Rogers, Joe Rubi, Neal Sabin, Joe Swaney, Jeanne Yonkers

Programming Insider


Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 33 days
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” debuted on ABC with host Regis Philbinin 1999 in a two-week summer window, but returned on January 8, 2000 as a regularly scheduled series. The current syndicated daytime version of the game show is hosted by Chris Harrison…Celebrity Birthdays: “Today’s” Kathie Lee Gifford is 64; Director James Cameron (“Titanic”) is 63; Madonna is 59; Oscar nominated actress Angela Bassett is also 59; “The Office” star SteveCarell is 55;

-Did You Know?:
At the height of its popularity, ABC was airing “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” five nights per week, which led to a quick burnout. Looking for their own primetime game show hits, NBC revived “Twenty One,” with hostMaury Povich; Fox introduced  “Greed” and “It’s Your Chance of a Lifetime, and CBS presented “Winning Lines, hosted by Dick Clark. All these years later, and I still personally feel the need for “Greed!”

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
 
Tuesday 8/15/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.5/11, CBS: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.0/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded because NBC aired The 2016 Summer Olympics.

-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC stood well above the Tuesday competition once again thanks to “America’s Got Talent” (#1: 8.3 rating/14 share from 8-10 p.m.), which bested the time period premiere of ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” (3.0/ 5) by a considerable 177 percent in the household overnights. Unfortunately, the Peacock dropped the ball at 10 p.m., with the time period premiere of “Hollywood Game Night” (#2: 3.1/ 5) slipping by 64 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion of “America’s Got Talent” (8.5/14). Comparably, “Hollywood Game Night” was also 42 percent below the 5.3/10 for the season-finale of “World of Dance” in the time period one week earlier.

Also original last night was failing ABC scripted drama “Somewhere Between” at a mere 1.1/ 2 at 10 p.m.

For the complete half-hour breakdown for Tuesday, August 15, clickhere

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 8/07/17: Click here
Tuesday 8/08/17: Click here
Wednesday 8/09/17: Click here
Thursday 8/10/17: Click here
Friday 8/11/17: Click here
Saturday 8/12/17: Click here
Sunday 8/13/17: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of August 7, 2017
What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the five broadcast networks for the week of August 7, 2017 (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses).

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 6.26 million (- 8), NBC: 5.47 (- 7), ABC: 4.39 (-10), Fox: 3.47 (- 3), CW: 1.24 (- 9)

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 2.8 rating/ 9 share (-12), NBC: 2.5/ 8 (-11), ABC: 1.9/ 6 (-14), Fox: 1.7/ 5 (no change), CW: 0.5/ 2 (-17)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 2.4/ 8 (-14), CBS: 2.2/ 7 (-15), Fox: 1.9/ 6 (- 5), ABC: 1.9/ 6 (-14), CW: 0.7/ 2 (-12)

-Adults 18-34:
Fox: 1.2/ 6 (no change), NBC: 1.2/ 6 (-14), ABC: 1.0/ 5 (-23), CBS: 0.9/ 5 (-25), CW: 0.5/ 2 (no change)

National Ratings in Syndication – Week of July 31, 2017
What follows are the Top 20 ratings in syndication (first-run and off-network) based on the Live + Same Day data for the week of July 31:

“Judge Judy” (CBS Television Distribution) and “Family Feud” (Debmar-Mercury): 6.2 rating; Weekend Adventure (Disney/ABC Litton): 6.0; “Wheel of Fortune” (CTD): 5.4; “Jeopardy” (CTD): 5.1’ “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 4.6; “Law & Order: SVU” – Weekend (NBCU): 4.0; “The Big Bang Theory” – Weekend (Warner Bros.) and “Family Feud” – Weekend (Twentieth): 3.3 each; “Modern Family” – Weekend (Twentieth): 2.9; “Dr. Phil” (CTD): 2.8; “Entertainment Tonight” (CTD): 2.7; “Modern Family” – Mon-Fri (Twentieth): 2.6; “American Ninja Warrior” (NBCU), “Inside Edition” (CTD) and “Wheel of Fortune” – Weekend (CTD): 2.5 each; “Hot Bench” (CTD): 2.1, “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (Disney-ABC) and “Family Guy” – Weekend (Twentieth): 2.0 each

Source: Nielsen Media Research

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Netflix Renews “Ozark” for Season Two
Netflix has issued a second season renewal to dark drama “Ozark,” with an order for 10 new episodes. Made available for streaming on July 21, “Ozark” follows financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and his wife Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney). Without warning, Marty relocates the family from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme puts him in the crosshairs of a Mexican drug lord. Ten episodes aired in season one.

Netflix also recently renewed freshman comedy “GLOW,” which is a fictional account of a real all-female wrestling TV show from the 1980’s. That renewal came on the heels of the cancellation of drama series “Gypsy” starring Naomi Watts. Also renewed at Netflix are “13 Reasons Why,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” “One Day At a Time,” “Dear White People” and “Santa Clarita Diet”

“Ozark” is produced by Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films and MRC, which also produces “House Of Cards” for Netflix. The series was created by executive producer Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams. It is written and executive produced by Chris Mundy.

NEWS OF NOTE

Casting News
Julian McMahon (“Dirk Gently,” “Nip/Tuck”) has joined the cast of new Hulu Original Series, “Marvel’s Runaways,” which tells the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. McMahon will play Jonah in the series.

The Daily Brief Podcast
PromaxBDA Editorial Director Paige Albiniak and Programming Insider Editor in Chief Marc Berman discuss what went down at TCA 2017. Included are the issues of diversity, reboots and the upcoming new network series that show the most promise. To listen, click here

TV Comes Out About its Closeted Portrayals of LGBTQ: Click here
ABC to Focus on “American Idol” and “Roseanne” Reboots: Click here
Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd ThingClick here
TruTV Keeps Pushing New Comedy Brand Forward: Click  here
PBS Forges Ahead Despite Threat of Federal Funding Loss: Click here

INSTANT REPLAYS

Will Daniel Craig Return as James Bond? He Finally Answers Definitively on “Late Show”
Appearing as a guest on last night’s edition of CBS talk show “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to promote his film “Logan Lucky,” actor Daniel Craig was asked if he’ll return to his iconic role of James Bond. He admitted he had been coy in previous interviews elsewhere but he gave a definitive answer to Colbert. To hear what he said, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Netflix documentary “Resurface,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch globally on Netflix on September 1. The logline: After years of nightmares, depression, and seizures, Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane could see no way out of his trauma other than suicide. Then he met Van Curaza, a former big wave surfer who had since founded Operation Surf and dedicated his life to helping veterans find solace in surfing. Backed by a growing body of research illustrating the healing power of the ocean on the mind and body, organizations such as Operation Surf and the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation are using surfing to help veterans cope with physical and mental trauma. For a look, click here

Smithsonian Channel will focus on luxurious cruises and remarkable trains with the arrival of new non-scripted series “Mighty Cruise Ships” and“Remarkable Trains.” Debuting on September 3 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET, respectively, “Mighty Cruise Ships” travels to remote islands, exotic cities, untamed coasts and historic wonders. These ships go anywhere adventure calls, whisking passengers off to high-end, far-off destinations in Indonesia, French Polynesia, Cape Horn, Russia and beyond. And “Remarkable Trains” offers an exclusive look at some of the world’s most iconic and extravagant locomotives. From vintage and luxury to high-speed and revolutionary, these mighty trains travel great distances, navigating honeymooners through Canada’s diverse terrain, commuters across Japan’s earthquake-prone tectonic plates and everyone in between.

New Bravo Media series “Real Estate Wars,” which follows real estate agent John McMonigle, will debut on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: It’s the ultimate turf battle in the O.C., and things get tense when realty and reality collide. John McMonigle was formerly the number one real estate agent in the country, but lost everything when the real estate market crashed. John, never a man to stay down, rebuilt his empire with five ambitious agents to create The McMonigle Team, with one of their primary goals being to beat The Relegance Group. Relegance is made up of five zealous agents, including the “real estate queen” of Orange County, Jojo Romeo, who happens to have a contentious past with John. However, it’s a small world, and when they vie for the same high end clients, limited listings and large commissions, the competition can be ruthless.

PI POLLS
Who do think gave the best performance on “America’s Got Talent” on NBC last night? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
NBC introduces sitcom “Marlon”…ABC aired annual special “CMA Fest””The F Word with Gordon Ramsay” concludes for the season (or series) on Fox…BBC features the series-finale of drama “Broadchurch””Growing Up Supermodel” debuts on Lifetime…For the complete primetime schedule for Wednesday, August 16, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Movies Spun-Off Into Failed TV Pilots

Which one of the following movies was never spun-off into a pilot for a proposed TV series?

a) “Beverly Hills Cop”
b) “Clerks”
c) “Darkman”
d) “Forrest Gump”
e) “Steel Magnolias”
f) they all were

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Who played Carlton the Doorman’s mother on sitcom Rhoda?

a) Tammy Faye Bakker
b) Ruth Gordon
c) Vivian Vance
d) Shelley Winters
e) Estelle Winwood
f) Carlton’s mother never appeared on “Rhoda”

Is: b) Ruth Gordon, who appeared in the second season premiere, “Kiss Your Epaulets Goodbye,” originally telecast on Sept. 8, 1975. For a look, click here  

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Trivia All-Stars 
Steve Albright, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins (2x), Reid Davis, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Rich Orloff, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Kurt Weil

Programming Insider


Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 34 days
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
In 1992, HBO introduced the satirical comedy, “The Larry Sanders Show, with comedian Garry Shandling as host of a “Tonight Show”-style talk show. It ran through May 31, 1998, producing 89 episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: “The Dick Van Dyke Show” star Rose Marie is 94; “Will & Grace'” Debra Messing is 49; “black-ish” star Anthony Anderson is 47; Oscar winner Ben Affleck is 45; Oscar winnerJennifer Lawrence is 27.

-Did You Know?:
Garry Shandling based “The Larry Sanders Show” on his experience as the  Monday night guest host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”from 1986 to 1987. Throughout the course of the series, a total of 187 celebrities appeared as themselves.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
 
Monday 8/14/17

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.2/ 6, NBC: 3.1/ 5, CBS: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded since NBC aired the 2016 Summer Olympics.

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC inched past NBC for Monday overnight dominance, with the return of “Bachelor in Paradise” top-rated for the evening at a 3.8 rating/6 share in households from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, this was right on par from the year-ago evening and six percent above competing “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC (3.6/ 6). The battle among the key demographics should be a close call between the two reality series.

Despite the respectable lead-in support, a Monday 10 p.m. edition of ABC’s “The Gong Show” dipped to a 2.1/ 4, which still tied scripted drama “Midnight, Texas” on NBC for first  in the time period. Third was recently introduced CBS newsmagazine “CBSN: On Assignment” at a mere 1.9/ 3. Pathetically, the three series in the 10 p.m. hour only totaled a 6.1 overnight household rating.

Also original last night was Fox’s tired “So You Think You Can Dance” at a typically diluted 2.2/ 4 from 8-10 p.m. And docuseries “Hooten & the Lady” on the CW scored a 0.6/ 1 (#5) at 9 p.m. out of a 0.7/ 1 for an encore telecast of “Supergirl.”

For the complete half-hour breakdown for Monday, August 14, click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 8/07/17: Click here
Tuesday 8/08/17: Click here
Wednesday 8/09/17: Click here
Thursday 8/10/17: Click here
Friday 8/11/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nia Vardalos to Headline and Co-Write “Suburbs Famous” Dramedy for Bravo
Nia Vardalos will headline a proposed dramedy at Bravo tentatively called “Suburbs Famous.” Co-written by Vardalos and former Raising Hope” showrunner Mike Mariano, Suburbs Famous” explores what happens after a suburban housewife (Vardalos) accidentally becomes famous in a viral video. Thrust into the cutthroat world of celebrity chefs, the newly divorced mom must navigate between the intense public scrutiny which could destroy her and the investors who want to make her a star… all while realizing she suddenly has the one thing everyone wants: power.

Vardalos will reportedly “mine some of her own experiences of becoming an overnight sensation” after the release of theatrical “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in 2002, as well as the time she crossed paths with the Chewbacca Mom, who rose to overnight fame after donning a Chewbacca mask in a Kohl’s parking lot

ITV Studios America is co-producing with Universal Cable Prods. Vardalos, Mariano and Krantz executive produce with Untitled Entertainment’s Jennifer Levine and Stephanie Simon. Flame Ventures’ John–Eric Capps is a co-executive producer.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Rumors of a Revival of “Hannibal” are Circulating
“Hannibal” creator Byron Fuller and executive producer Martha De Laurentiis posted a picture together on Twitter with a Hannibal doll captioned “Meeting of the minds,” suggesting there are conversations to revived the 2013-15 NBC psychological thriller. Shortly before Fuller, who is currently serving as the executive producer of Starz drama “American Gods,” tweeted that conversations had started about the potential revival.

“Hannibal,” a victim of low traditional Nielsen ratings, produced 39 episodes in its three seasons on NBC. It starred Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen and was based on Thomas Harris novels that followed the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen), a cunning forensic psychiatrist.

NEWS OF NOTE

“Walking Dead” Creator and Producers Sue AMC
The creator and producers of mega-hit “The Walking Dead” have filed a potentially billion-dollar lawsuit against AMC, alleging that the series’ network has kept “the lion’s share” of profits for itself and not properly distributed them to its “creative people.” The news emerged one day after creator Robert Kirkman signed an overall deal with US streamer Amazon and a first-look agreement with his production company Skybound Entertainment.

The suit filed in Los Angeles involves recently extended spin-off show “Fear The Walking Dead” and after-show “The Talking Dead.” The involved parties include Kirkman and producers Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara and David Alpert.

“This case arises from a major entertainment conglomerate’s failure to honor its contractual obligations to the creative people — the ‘talent,’ in industry jargon — behind the wildly successful, and hugely profitable, long-running television series The Walking Dead,” the lawsuit reads.

“The defendant AMC Entities exploited their vertically integrated corporate structure to combine both the production and the exhibition of TWD, which allowed AMC to keep the lion’s share of the series’ enormous profits for itself and not share it with the Plaintiffs, as required by their contracts.”

The suit details that Kirkman is due 5 percent of profits from the show, with Hurd due 7.5 percent, Alpert 2.5 percent and former showrunner Mazzara 1.5 percent,
AMC is also currently embroiled in another lawsuit filed by The Walking Dead’s first showrunner Frank Darabont, which similarly questions how much the network is imputing from each episode.

Freeform to Air “Dirty Dancing” Marathon
Freeform will celebrate the 30th anniversary of theatrical “Dirty Dancing,” starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray, with an all-day marathon on Monday, August 21. It begins at 7 a.m. ET.. The film can also been viewed on the Freeform app and Freeform.com through the entire month of August.

The logline: In the summer of 1963, innocent 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) vacations with her parents at a Catskills resort. One evening she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and love. “Dirty Dancing” also features Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston and Jane Brucker.

Casting News
Brooke Shields is joining the upcoming 19th season of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” in what is described as a major recurring role. Details on her character are being kept under wraps other than the tease that her role will shake up Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) world. Philip Winchester, additionally, will join the “SVU” cast full-time in midseason, reprising his “Chicago Justice” role of lawyer Peter Stone.

Former “Nashville” star Connie Britton will appear in a multi-episode guest arc on the half-hour Showtime comedy series “SMILF,” starring writer, director and executive producer Frankie Shaw (“Mr. Robot”). Britton will play Ally, Bridgette’s (Shaw) unstable boss who struggles with boundaries and finds herself in constant pursuit of self-betterment. Her expectations for Bridgette’s role in her life go far beyond tutoring her kids. “SMILF” will premiere on Sunday, November 5 at 10 p.m. ET, following the 9 p.m. ET season premiere that night of “Shameless.”

The Daily Brief Podcast: 39 Days ‘Til Fall TV
PromaxBDA Editorial Director Paige Albiniak and Programming Insider Editor in Chief Marc Berman discuss what went down at TCA 2017. Included are the issues of diversity, reboots and the upcoming new network series that show the most promise. To listen, click here

TV Tuesday with Douglas Pucci
This week, Douglas Pucci of The Programming Insider reviews upcoming comedies “The Mayor” on ABC and “Ghosted” on Fox. To listen, click here

TV Comes Out About its Closeted Portrayals of LGBTQ: Click here
ABC to Focus on “American Idol” and “Roseanne” Reboots: Click here
Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd ThingClick here
TruTV Keeps Pushing New Comedy Brand Forward: Click  here
PBS Forges Ahead Despite Threat of Federal Funding Loss: Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Oxygen Media’s true-crime franchise, “Snapped” will premiere “Snapped Notorious: Drew Peterson,” a two-hour special that takes a closer look at Drew Peterson’s volatile history with the women in his life and eventual conviction for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. The two-hour event will also focus on the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. “Snapped Notorious: Drew Peterson,” premieres Friday, August 25th at 9pm ET/PT. For a sneak peek, click here

Millennial tech entrepreneur Garrett Gee and his sister Miristi Gee travel to the Philippines, the land of their ancestry, for the first time in “Discovering Routes,”the newest original series from Myx TV, the multicultural entertainment network. Broadcast episodes will air Tuesdays on Myx TV’s cable channel starting September 12 at 8 p.m. ET, and webisodes will air Mondays and Thursdays on www.myxtv.com and www.discoveringroutes.com beginning on September 7.

Univision and Story House Entertainment have announced that the 12-episode second season of the original series “El Chapo” will premiere Sunday, September 17 at 10 p.m. ET on Univision Network. The logline: Season two kicks off with Chapo’s first prison break and goes on to reveal the critical role corrupt government officials play in aiding El Chapo’s rise over his rival cartel bosses. Viewers will also begin to see how his quest to become the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the most powerful criminal organization in the world, impacts the lives of those closest to him – including his family.

OWN will premiere the eight-episode docuseries, “Released,” which features intimate, first-person narratives of formerly incarcerated men and women as they walk out of the prison doors for the first time to restart their lives, on Saturday, September 30 at 10 p.m. ET after an all new episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: Through a diary-like lens, “Released” presents autobiographical portraits of formerly incarcerated individuals as they walk out of the prison doors for the first time and during their first 90 days out of prison as each attempt to reconnect with their loved ones, establish their independence and begin the long, hard work of resurrecting their abandoned lives.

PI POLLS
What is your current favorite ABC sitcom? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night” moves into the Tuesday 10 p.m. ET hour…Investigative themed “The Murder of Laci Peterson” debuts on A&E…Season premieres: “Tumble Leaf” on Amazon, “The Cars That Made America” on History, “Divided” on GSN, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” on A&E…Season finales: “Six Degrees of Murder” on ID, “Tosh.O” and “The Jim Jeffries Show” on Comedy Central…For the complete primetime schedule for Tuesday, August 15, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Carlton’s Mama

Who played Carlton the Doorman’s mother on sitcom Rhoda?

a) Tammy Faye Bakker
b) Ruth Gordon
c) Ann Sothern
d) Vivian Vance
e) Shelley Winters
c) Carlton’s mother never appeared on “Rhoda”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Each one of the following series featured Joe Bologna in a guest shot. Of the five, which aired for the most number of seasons?

a) “According to Jim”
b) “Arliss”
c) “Daddy Dearest”
d) “Everwood”
e) “Martial Law”

Is: a) “According to Jim,” which aired on ABC from 2001 to 2009. As for the others…

“Arliss” (HBO): 1996-2002
-“Daddy Dearest” (Fox): 1993
-“Everwood” (WB): 2002-06
-“Martial Law” (CBS): 1998-2000

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Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Audrey Davis, Maureen Goldman, Jeff Greenberg, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Mary Kinoshita, Jody McIntyre, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Carol Teichman, John Wick