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Tuesday, November 1, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
“Maude” on CBS aired its 100th episode in 1976. The “All in the Family”spin-off aired for six seasons, concluding on April 22, 1978…”The Early Show,” initially hosted by Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson and featuring Julie Chen at the news desk anchor, debuted on CBS in 1999.  It ran until January 6, 2012 and was replaced by “CBS This Morning”…Celebrity Birthdays: Actress and talk show host Jenny McCarthy is 44; Emmy Award winner Toni Collette is also 44; Actor Penn Badgley is 30.Did You Know?
Plans were underway for a seventh season of “Maude,” with Maude (Bea Arthur) and Walter (Bill Macy) moving to Washington, D.C. for Maude to pursue a career in politics.  But Arthur decided to leave the series and the political-themed storyline evolved into the pilot for proposed sitcom called “Mr. Dugan” with John Amos.  After early backlash from African-American members of Congress following the pilot screening of “Mr. Dugan,” the series was scrapped and eventually reworked as “Hanging In.”  Bill Macy was featured as a former professional football player turned university president, but “Hanging In” lasted only four episodes in the summer of 1979.
RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Monday 10/31/16

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.8/10, NBC: 5.1/ 8, CBS: 3.8/ 6, Fox: 2.4/ 4, CW: 1.2/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +50, Fox: +14, ABC: -13, NBC: -25, CBS: -34

-Winners: “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC), “Supergirl” (CW)
-Modest: “Kevin Can Wait” (CBS), “Man with a Plan” (CBS)
-Losers: “Gotham” (Fox), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “The Odd Couple” (CBS): “Jane the Virgin” (CW), “All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMA Awards with Robin Roberts” (ABC), “Timeless” (NBC)

Ratings Breakdown:
HUT levels from last night were below typical season to-date Monday levels due to Halloween, of course.  With that in mind, ABC topped the evening thanks to veteran “Dancing With the Stars” at a 7.2 rating/12 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m.  But NBC owns the night in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics) courtesy of “The Voice,” which scored a 6.0/10 in the metered markets opposite “Dancing With the Stars.”

The perennial older-skewing strength of “Dancing With the Stars” did not benefit annual special, “All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMA Awards with Robin Roberts,” which dipped to a third-place 3.0/ 5 at 10 p.m.  Comparably, the Robin Roberts-hosted hour was down by 17 percent from the 3.6/ 6 on the year-ago evening, which translated into just 4.98 million viewers and a 0.8 rating/3 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here

Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 10/24/16: Click here
-Tuesday 10/25/16: Click here
-Wednesday 10/26/16: Click here
-Thursday 10/27/16: Click here
-Friday 10/26/16: Click here
-Saturday 10/27/16: Click here
-Sunday 10/28/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


“Page Six TV” to Be Sold Nationally for Fall 2017
“Page Six TV,” a first-run magazine strip from Endemol Shine North America and the New York Post based on the iconic Page Six in the newspaper, is heading into national syndication following a three-week test on seven Fox-owned  stations this past summer.  Hosted by comedian John Fugelsang and featuring on-camera contributors Mario Cantone (“Sex in the City”), Bevy Smith (“Fashion Queens”), New York Post reporter Carlos Greer and Variety reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister, “Page Six TV, to-date, has been cleared by Fox-owned stations in 17 markets.

“Page Six TV” is now the second nationally-distributed show to be announced as a contender for next fall, joining a potential daytime talk show hosted by Drew Barrymore from Warner Bros.


Fox Picks Up “Lucifer” for the Remainder of the Season
Fox has issued a back-nine episode order to sophomore drama “Lucifer,” which will extend its episode tally in this current second season to 22.  Debuting on Jan. 25, 2016, “Lucifer” focuses on the life of Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell and resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom to retire to Los Angeles, where he teams up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) to take down criminals.  The series is based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo, from DC Entertainment.

“Lucifer” is produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity.

Recently, Fox extended the episode order for freshman action hour “Lethal Weapon” by an additional five hours, taking it to 18 episodes.  There is no word, meanwhile, if freshman dramas “Pitch” and “The Exorcist” will continue past the initial 13 episodes.

NOTES OF INTEREST“The Good Wife” Spin-Off Gets Official Title
Upcoming “The Good Wife” spin-off, featuring Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo reprising their roles as Diane Lockhart and Lucca Quinn, will be titled “The Good Fight.”  The series will pick up one year after the end of “The Good Wife,” where the pair finds employment at a law firm in Chicago after an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia, while simultaneously wiping out mentor Diane Lockhart’s savings.

“The Good Fight” will debut on CBS in February and then move to digital streamer CBS All Access.  The cast includes Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele, Paul Guilfoyle, Bernadette Peters and Erica Tazel. “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King will executive produce.

NBC Passes on Drama “Cruel Intentions”
NBC has opted against moving forward on “Cruel Intentions,” a proposed new drama for summer 2017 that picks up 15 years after the 1999 movie of the same name, which was an adaptation of French novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.  “Cruel Intentions” follows Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar, reprising her film role) as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her stepbrother, the late Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) and Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon).

The small-screen sequel, which will now be shopped to other outlets, hailed from “Cruel Intentions” writer-director Roger Kumble and producer Neal Moritz.

“The Odd Couple” Remembers Garry Marshall
The upcoming November 7th installment of “The Odd Couple” on CBS, starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, will pay tribute to the late Garry Marshall with appearances from actors from three famous Marshall sitcoms.  Included will be Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Don Most from “Happy Days”; Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams from “Laverne & Shirley;” and Pam Dawber from “Mork & Mindy.”

Marshall, who died on July 19 at age 81, developed the original “Odd Couple” series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman and was a consultant on the current revival.


Narendra Reddy has been promoted to Executive Vice President & General Manager at The Africa Channel from his previous post as Executive Vice President, Content & Global Operations.  Reddy will be responsible for all operations related to The Africa Channel, its recently announced production arm TAC Studios, digital initiatives and international distribution.  He joined TAC in 2014 as SVP Programming & Production and was promoted to EVP Content & Global Operations in November 2015.

1. Who would you like to see win this current season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”?  Click here
2. Who are you rooting for to win “The World Series”?  Click here
3. NBC is in talks to revive sitcom “Will & Grace.”  What do you think?  Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS“Billion Dollar Buyer” will open season two on CNBC on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10 p.m. ET with the first of 12 new episodes.  “Billion Dollar Buyer” introduces promising companies across the country to one of America’s most successful businessmen: Tilman Fertitta, Chairman, CEO, and sole shareholder of Landry’s, Inc.

TLC staple “Kate Plus 8” will begin its upcoming new eight episode new season with an anniversary special on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10 p.m. ET.  The new season begins with a look back over the years with never-before seen footage and new interviews with the family.

Game six of “The World Series” airs on Fox.  The series is currently 3 to 2 in the Cleveland Indians’ favor.  Dramedy “Atlanta” concludes season one on Fox. Also ending the season is drama “From Dusk Til Dawn’ on the El Rey Network.  For the complete listing for Tuesday, November 1, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”

Not As Many Episodes As You Might Think

Which one of the following five cable dramas produced the least number of episodes in total?

a) “Breaking Bad”
b) “Queer as Folk”
c) “Six Feet Under”
d) “The Sopranos”
e) “White Collar”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

John Astin as Gomez on classic 1960s sitcom “The Addams Family” was actually given a second choice for his character’s first name.  What was it?

a) Angus
b) Conal
c) Morton
d) Repelli
e) Samuel

Is…d) Repelli.  While most people assume the original “Addams Family” had a long run on ABC, it actually only aired for two seasons, producing 64 episodes from 1964 to 1966.  “The Munsters” on CBS, which actually debuted six days after “The Munsters,” also only ran for two seasons.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Tom Condosta, Jim Forkan, Bob Ingersoll, Debra Kainer, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Gordon Purcell

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.