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ON THIS DAY

ABC summer drama “The Hamptons,produced by Gloria Monty (“General Hospital”) debuted in 1983. It aired for five episodes…“The Simpsons Movie” opened in 2007, ultimately grossing approximately $527 million worldwide…Celebrity Birthdays: Comedian Bill Engvall is 61; “Nip/Tuck” star Julian McMahon is 50; SNL’s Maya Rudolph is 46; “The Tudors” star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is 41.

-Did You Know?:
“The Bill Engvall Show,which aired on TBS for two seasons (from 2007 to 2009) featured a young soon-to-be Academy Award winning actress: Jennifer Lawrence, who was 17 when the sitcom began.

 

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
 
Thursday 7/26/18Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.2/ 6, Fox: 2.4/ 5, ABC: 2.0/ 4, NBC: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1Note: The year-ago comparisons were not available.

Ratings Breakdown:
The live eviction show of “Big Brother” on CBS topped the roster of broadcast originals last night, scoring a reliable 3.7 rating/7 share in the household overnights in the 9 p.m. hour. For a look a Julie Chen’s conversation with the individual evicted, click here

On NBC, the double dose sophomore sitcom “Trial & Error” took a tumble, dipping to a 1.5/ 3 in the 9 p.m. half-hour and a 1.2/ 2 at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, both half-hours ranked a distant fourth in their respective time periods.

For the remainder of the analysis and the breakdown by network and half-hour for Thursday, July 26, click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 7/23/18: Click here
-Tuesday 7/24/18: Click here
-Wednesday 7/25/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

 

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Netflix Options Phil Knight Memoir “Shoe Dog”
Netflix has optioned the rights to New York Times bestseller “Shoe Dog,” written by Phil Knight, which offers look at the notoriously media-shy man, illuminating Nike’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Five-time Academy Award nominated producer Frank Marshall will produce the film alongside Knight.  Golden Globe and Emmy Award winners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“Dolemite Is My Name!,” “Ed Wood,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) are writing the screenplay.

Said Phil Knight: “I look forward to working with my friend, the great Frank Marshall, in bringing my story and the story of Nike to the screen. I have been gratified by the reception my book has received and think that we can explain my journey and the story of Nike to an even larger audience in collaboration with Netflix.”

Discovery Greenlights Documentary “Cajun Navy” 
Discovery has ordered a documentary called “Cajun Navy,” which will spotlight everyday civilians who risk their lives to help others survive devastating storms.  From production company Lightbox’s team of Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, and Suzanne Lavery, and directed by  filmmaker James Newton, “Cajun Navy” follows a group of men and women who, when everyone else flees deadly storms and floodwaters, run towards it and do the work of saving their community and its people from utter

 

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

AT&T Audience Network Renews Drama “Condor” For Season 2
AT&T has announced a second season of thriller “Condor,” with an order for 10 new episodes. Based on the novel “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady and screenplay “Three Days of the Condor” by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel, season one of “Condor” follows a young CIA analyst (Max Irons) who stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. The cast includes Oscar winners William Hurt and Mira Sorvino, Leem Lubany, Angel Bonanni, Kristen Hager, Bob Balaban and Brendan Fraser.

“Condor” is internationally distributed by MGM.

 

 

TV UPDATES

Comedy Central Acquires Animated “Bojack Horseman”
Comedy Central has secured the exclusive linear television rights to all current seasons of the Netflix original series “BoJack Horseman.” Season One of The Tornante Company-produced series will make its linear television premiere on Comedy Central this fall immediately following the season 22 debut of “South Park.” Select episodes will be available to stream on cc.com and the CC App. The deal was negotiated by Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury and Viacom Program Acquisitions Group.

“Comedy Central has a long history of using potent satire to help make sense of trying times, so ‘BoJack Horseman’ is a perfect fit in our lineup,” said Tanya Giles, General Manager, Comedy Central. “We’re thrilled to be the first to put BoJack on linear TV, and who better than an animated horse to teach us a thing or two about humanity? Straight from the horse’s mouth.”

ABC Announces Start Dates for This Fall
For the complete listing of ABC’s roster of new and returning series, this fall, click here

PI Poll: Who is your least favorite houseguest on CBS’ “Big Brother” this season? To participate, click here

Life for “The Conners” Lives On – Click here
Brand Safety Concerns Escalate – Click here

10 Shows Worth Watching This Summer – Click here

 

INSTANT REPLAYS

Watch the Latest Evictee of ‘Big Brother 20’ Interviewed by Julie Chen Spoiler Alert: If you’d like to watch the Thursday, July 26, 2018 episode and not know what happened on Eviction Night, please stop reading now.

Last night was not only slated to be the fourth eviction night of ‘Big Brother 20’ but likely, the first re-entry of an evictee back into the game due to Sam’s Bonus Life power app being automatically activated.

However, a “Big Brother” win just wasn’t in the stars for this week’s evictee (between Angie “Rockstar” and Kaitlyn), who was evicted from the Big Brother house in a 9-1 vote, even after she had the chance to win her way back into the game — a puzzle in which she had to disassemble then reassemble elsewhere within 150 seconds time. For a look, click here

James Corden Breaks Down ABC’s “The Proposal”
During the July 25th edition of his “Late Late Show” on CBS, James Corden can’t help but dive into ABC’s recently-launched reality series “The Proposal” — a blind dating show that ends with people actually proposing to each other at the end of the hour. Otherwise known as “The Bachelor” for people who don’t have time to watch “The Bachelor.” For a look, click here

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Docuseries “Amanda to the Rescue” premieres on Animal Planet on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: With a joy and passion larger than life, Amanda Giese treats the seemingly hopeless animals in her Washington state home, primarily focusing on dogs that others have given up on. Alongside Amanda are her two kids, Jade and Beast, and her partner Gary. Together, the family cares for animals in need and helps them get the second chances and loving forever homes they deserve. Where others see animals with no hope, Amanda sees an animal full of love who needs her help.

 

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Cupcake & Dino” and “Welcome to the Family” on Netflix; “Eat.Race.Win” on Amazon…Season premieres: “Orange is the New Black,” “Roman Empire” and “The Worst Witch” on Netflix; “Celebrity Animal Encounters” on Animal Planet…For the programming options on Friday, July 27, click here
Account Executive, Syndication, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)/LA

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is looking for a talented Account Executive, Syndicated Sales, to join our dynamic U.S. Distribution team. The Account Executive, Syndicated Sales, will sell programming to broadcast television stations, build and maintain strong customer relationships, and create development strategy. Excellent communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills are critical to achieving success in this role.

Requirements: Two or more years of experience in a sales role or similar in entertainment; two or more years of entertainment experience and knowledge in the space, television industry preferred. Powerful communication, interpersonal and relationship skills. Tremendous teamwork skills, ability to fit into a team environment. Superior organizational and time-management skills. Excellent negotiating and dispute resolution skills. Ability to work independently and think strategically. Skill in establishing long-term business relationships of trust and understanding. Extremely strong service orientation. Ability to work on several projects concurrently while maintaining attention to detail. Must be flexible and adapt quickly to changing needs. Ability to strategize with and delegate to others in research and affiliate relations when necessary. Excellent computer skills – MS Office, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook. Knowledge of Nielsen ratings and/or ComScore is preferred. To apply, click HERE

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Seasoned journalist, marketer and researcher in search of freelance/consulting opportunities. Experienced in network, cable, syndication and digital, both in programming and research. Strong analytical, writing and editing skills. Well-respected within the business. Ability to tackle and conquer any assignment. To contact, please email prime71146@aol.com.

 

 

TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
An Underrated GemNBC family drama “Parenthood,” which aired from 2010 to 2015, featured Lauren Graham as Sarah Braverman. Maura Tierney, who was originally cast in the role, had to exit due to health reasons. There was also an Oscar winning actress in contention to replace Tierney. Who was it?a) Joan Allen
b) Kim Basinger
c) Helen Hunt
d) Mary Steenburgen
e) Marisa Tomei

The answer to yesterday’s question…

One of the following statements about television is false. Which one is it?

a) Sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show” finished its 8-season run ranked first overall for that final season in primetime.
b) Donna Reed replaced Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie Ewing for one season on the original “Dallas” on CBS.
c) NBC’s “Friends” aired for 10 seasons.
d) “Gunsmoke” on CBS produced over 600 episodes.
e) “The Jetsons” was the longest running animated comedy in primetime prior to “The Simpsons.”
f) they are all true

Is: e) “The Jetsons” was the longest running animated comedy in primetime prior to “The Simpsons.” It was actually “The Flintstones,” which originally aired on ABC from 1960 to 1966. Yabba-Dabba-Doo!

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Steven Franks, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Jody McIntyre, Rich Orloff, Aaron Paquette, Gordon Purcell, Derek ROgers, Con Rigg, Jay Rossi, Anthony Salerno, Dan Whitford

 

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