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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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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The Laughs Keep Coming!
This Week’s Celebrity Guests:
Byron Allen, Louie Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias,
Jackee, Natasha Legerro and Jon Lovitz
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“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

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

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

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)

“Page Six TV,” the new gossip themed half hour from Endemol Shine North America and the New York Post, opened in 48 metered markets on Monday, Sept. 18 with a 0.8 rating/2 share in households in the primary runs. Comparably, that was the highest overnight ratings for any first-run magazine launch since “TMZ” in 2007.

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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.


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.


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


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


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 

Who do you think will win “America’s Got Talent” on NBC? Click here
“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