|ON THIS DAY
In 1965, the Beatles traveled to CBS’ New York studio to rehearse and tape their third (and final) appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Their performance kicked-off the 18th season-premiere of the long-running variety hour on September 12, which was its final black and white telecast…Celebrity Birthdays: Steve Martin is 73; Basketball legend Magic Johnson is 59; “The Brady Bunch” star Susan Olsen is 57; actress Catherine Bell (“The Good Witch”) is 50.
-Did You Know?:
Susan Olsen appeared in all the “Brady Bunch” reunion series, but missed 1988 made-for TV movie “A Very Brady Christmas” (which was filmed when she was on her honeymoon). Jennifer Runyon stepped in as “Fake Cindy.”
NBC: 3.1/ 6, ABC: 2.8/ 5, CBS: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 2
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +43, NBC, CBS and Fox: no change, ABC: -12
ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” moved into the Monday 8-10 p.m. ET block with a dominant 3.3 rating/6 share in households, which was one-tenth of a rating point (or 3 percent) above the 3.2/ 6 for competing “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC. Comparably, however, “Bachelor in Paradise” was 35 percent below the 5.1/ 9 for the season finale of “The Bachelorette” one week earlier. The race is on to see which show will win in adults 18-49 (and all the key demos).
NBC moved into the Monday 10 p.m. overnight winner’s circle care of “Dateline” (3.1/ 6), which bested competing “Elementary” on CBS (2.6/ 5) and “The Proposal” on ABC (1.8/ 4) by 19 percent and 72 percent, respectively.
For the complete breakdown by network and by half hour for Monday, August 13,click here
Live+Same Day Data
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Live+3 Day Ratings – Week of July 30: Click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
|NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Food Network Announces “Big Food Truck Tip”
Food Network will debut a six-series on Wednesday, Sept. 19 (at 10 p.m. ET) called “Big Food Truck Tip.” Hosted by Andrew Zimmern, the series will feature Zimmern as he travels the country in search of the most passionate food truck entrepreneurs who are chasing the American dream, serving up exceptional food to the public and daring to become their own boss. In each city three food truck operators will showcase their culinary point of view, sharing their dishes and the stories behind them. Andrew will reward one deserving culinary dreamer with a $10,000 tip and a seal of approval to help them take their food truck to the next level.
“Mobile food isn’t a new development in our global food culture,” said Zimmern. “It’s been going on since the dawn of human history, and the food truck experience in America has been a vital cultural totem dating back hundreds of years. Our modern-day food world is blessed to have the extreme ambition, fun attitude, and glorious culinary output of today’s truckers. Micro businesses on wheels, serving up love by the sandwichful makes looking at this community and telling these stories a real privilege.”
|SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
History Renews Drama “Knightfall”
History has greenlit a second season of its Knights Templar drama series “Knightfall” with Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”) joining the cast and Aaron Helbing (“The Flash,” “Spartacus: War of the Damned”) on board as showrunner and executive producer. From A+E Studios, in association with Jeremy Renner’s The Combine and Midnight Radio, Hamill will play the role of “Talus,” a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for ten years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.
Also joining the cast in season two is Tom Forbes (“The Bastard Executioner,” “Wolf Hall”) as “Prince Louis,” the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne and Genevieve Gaunt (“The Royals”) as “Isabella,” the daughter of King Philip and well on her way to becoming the woman who history would call “the she-wolf of France.”
Netflix Offers Sneak Peak “City of Joy”
Documentary “City of Joy” follows the unlikely friendship that develops between Congolese doctor Dr. Denis Mukwege (2016 Nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize), The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler, and a charismatic Congolese human rights activist who join forces to create a safe haven for women survivors in the middle of violence-torn Eastern Congo. For a look, click here
NOVA’s Paula Apsell Honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer of NOVA, and Director of the WGBH Science Unit, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award at the 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Apsell is being honored for her distinguished career of over four decades in science journalism, and for her 33 years at the helm of NOVA, PBS’ premier science documentary series, produced at WGBH Boston.
The award will be presented on Monday, October 1, 2018 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City.
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci reviews upcoming CBS sitcoms “The Neighborhood” and “Happy Together.” To listen, click here
Diversity Matters Thanks to the Legendary Rita Moreno – Click here
2018 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2
ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to present all 32 games of the 72nd Little League Baseball World Series from Williamsport, PA, beginning Thursday, August 16 and through to Sunday, August 26, with the Little League Baseball World Series Championship game at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.
The United States Championship, International Championship and two other matchups throughout the tournament will also be available on ABC, with the remaining games available on ESPN or ESPN2. All Little League Baseball World Series games will also be available streaming on the ESPN App.
Karl Ravech, Dave Flemming and Adnan Virk will call the action as ESPN’s play-by-play voices throughout the ten-day tournament. They will be joined by a team of rotating analysts including Jessica Mendoza, Kyle Peterson, Tim Kurkjian and Major League Baseball World Series Champion and former Little League player David Ross.
Sebastian Salazar and Julie Foudy will also be providing on-field reports during the telecasts. “Wired segments” will also return this year with coaches and umpires providing unique and candid insight and instant reactions on the field.
For the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), locations, and respective networks, click here
2018-19 NBA Regular Season Schedule on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA – Clickhere
|MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Crime thriller “Dead Lucky” will premiere on Sundance Now beginning on Thursday, Sept. 20. The logline: Detective Grace Gibbs (Rachel Griffiths) is obsessed with catching the armed robber who killed her junior officer. Charlie Fung (Yoson An), her new trainee, blames Grace for the death of his best friend. Meanwhile a share house of international students think that they have found paradise, until one of their housemates disappears. A couple of greedy convenience store owners resort to deadly measures to defend their business, while on the outskirts of the city, a violent fugitive is hiding. Over one week, the paths of these characters collide, with devastating consequences.
Live-action short-form special “Under the Sea: A Descendants Story” will premiere on Disney Channel on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:50 p.m. ET. Dove Cameron and China Anne McClain reprise their roles as arch nemeses Mal and Uma, respectively, as Mal emerges from the shadows of a mystical forest onto a dark coastline where she crosses paths with Dizzy, played by Anna Cathcart. “Descendants 2” stars Thomas Doherty and Dylan Playfair will appear in their roles of Harry and Gil, respectively, as part of Uma’s wicked pirate gang.
|ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season finales: “The Stinky & Dirty Show” on Amazon, “Bizarre Foods America” on Travel, “Dark Waters” on ID and “Teachers” on TV Land…“Murder by the Numbers” returns on ID..For the programming options on Tuesday, August 14, click here
One Actress Only
Which one of the following five female TV characters was portrayed by only one actress?
a) Betty Jo Bradley
b) Maggie McKinney Drummond
c) Miss Ellie Ewing
d) Pamela Ewing
e) Paige Thatcher
f) none of them were
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which talent did Jan Brady (Eve Plumb) discover she had after failing at a string of things at school in a fifth season episode of classic sitcom “The Brady Bunch”?
c) making pottery
f) nothing — she couldn’t do anything
Is: d) painting. In what seemed like a remake of that classic “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” episode, misfit Jan discovered she had a talent for painting. Another happy ending for the clan named Brady! For a look, click here
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