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“A.P. Bio” Revived for Season 3 on NBCU Streaming Service; HBO Max to Reboot “Gossip Girl”

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July 18, 2019 – ON THIS DAY Fox sitcom “Karen’s Song,” starring Patty Duke, debuted in 1987. It aired for only nine episodes…Short-lived CBS sitcom “Normal Life, featuring Cindy Williams (“Laverne & Shirley”) and Max Gail (“Barney Miller”) as the parents of three children (Dweezil Zappa and Moon Unit Zappa included) ended after 13 episodes in 1990…Celebrity Birthdays: Entrepreneur Richard Branson is 69; talk show host Wendy Williams is 55; actor Vin Diesel (“The Fast and the Furious”) is 52; “TheGood Place” star Kristen Bell is 39; Priyanka Chopra (“Quantico”) is 37.

-Did You Know?:
Teri Hatcher’s first regularly scheduled primetime series role was in “Karen’s Song” as the daughter of Patty Duke.

RATINGS BOX                                                            
Wednesday 7/17/19

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 2.5/ 5, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CBS: 2.1/ 4, NBC: 1.9/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change From Year-Ago Evening:
Note: ABC aired “The ESPY Awards” on the year-ago evening.
CW: +20, NBC: + 6, Fox: – 8, ABC: -19, CBS: -32

Ratings Breakdown:
Considering the five broadcast networks combined could not reach a 10 overnight household rating, there was little of positive note on this third Wednesday in July. ABC game show “Press Your Luck” topped the night, with a 2.8 rating/6 share in households at 8 p.m. Comparably, that bested “Love Island” on CBS (#4: 1.8/ 3) by a hefty 56 percent.

Despite the lack of lead-in support, CBS summer mainstay “Big Brother” rose to a 2.8/ 5 in the 9 p.m. hour. Comparably, that beat “Card Sharks” on ABC (#2: 2.4/ 4) by 12 percent and it was 65 percent above the 8:30 p.m. portion of “Love Island” (1.7/ 3). But “Big Brother” was still 22 percent below the 3.6/ 6 in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour on the year-ago evening.

For the remainder of the analysis for Wednesday, July 17, click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW SERIES ANNOUNCEMENTS

NBCUniversal Revives “A.P. Bio” on Streaming Service
NBCUniversal’s unnamed streaming service has its first original sitcom, “A.P. Bio,” which is produced by Lorne Michaels and was canceled by the network after two seasons. The series stars “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Glen Howerton as a disgraced Harvard professor who gets a second lease on life when he takes a job as a high school biology teacher. Patton Oswalt (“The King of Queens”) plays the school’s principal, and the show finds Howerton’s character getting involved in his students’ lives.

While certainly not a hit by the traditional Nielsen ratings, fans of “A.P. Bio” campaigned online to get the show revived. An unconfirmed number of new episodes will air on the upcoming NBCU streamer at an unconfirmed time in 2020.

HBO Max to Reboot “Gossip Girl”
Old TV series don’t end. They eventually come back in reboots. And the latest in the recent stream of revivals is a new version of “Gossip Girl” from Warner Bros. TV and CBS Television Studios on streaming service HBO Max. The serialized drama, which has received a 10-episode order, will pick up eight years after the original series ended.

The logline: A new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years. For more, click here

USA Orders Competition Series “Cannonball”
USA Network has picked up Cannonball,” a competition series that pits contestants against some of the highest, fastest and wettest challenges ever created, for a cash prize. The 10-episode series, based on the Talpa format, is produced by ITV Entertainment and will premiere in 2020.

The logline: Each episode of “Cannonball” features 16 larger-than-life personalities willing to jump into the deep end and compete in four rounds of physical challenges – from the speed slide Mega-Ramp to a thrilling Drop Tower to the explosive Air Cannon and more. Each round eliminates more hopefuls, until finally one champion remains.

“Cannonball” is produced by Talpa Media USA and ITV Entertainment, based on the original format by MasMedia B.V. and licensed by Talpa Global B.V.  The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Shye Sutherland, Keith Geller, Bernie Schaeffer and Stijn Bakkers.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Nickelodeon Renews “SpongeBob SquarePants” for Season 13
Nickedoleon has greenlit veteran animated “SpongeBob SquarePants” for a 13th season. The news comes on the heels of the cable net’s original live-action and animated special, “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout.”

“SpongeBob SquarePants” season 13 will reunite original voice cast members Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks) and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton), and current show runners Vince Waller and Marc Ceccarelli.

“SpongeBob SquarePants” has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years.

TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES

2019 Emmy Award Nominations – Click here

Quality or Quantity? If you had a choice of the following two options, which one would you choose? – Click here

Linear or Digital…or Both – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS 

Hulu documentary “Untouchable,” which features the   inside story of the meteoric rise and shocking fall of movie titan Harvey Weinstein, will be available for streaming on Monday, September 2nd. The logline: Ursula Macfarlane’s documentary begins by giving context to the scandal and chronicling the rise and domination of Miramax and The Weinstein Company. Former employees re-examine what they thought they knew and speak of their sense of shame and ‘survivor’s guilt’. But it is most impactful when the women who Weinstein allegedly harmed give their painfully frank accounts of what the abuse did to their lives – physically, emotionally, professionally and financially. Compelling interviews with Rosanna Arquette, Hope D’Amore, Paz de la Huerta, Erika Rosenbaum and others underline how the wounds Weinstein allegedly inflicted, and the shame and guilt that have festered for years, continue to blight lives.

“The Real Housewives of Dallas” will return on Bravo on Wednesday, September 4 at 9 p.m. ET with housewives Brandi Redmond, D’Andra Simmons, Kameron Westcott, LeeAnn Locken and Stephanie Hollman. The scoop: On the heels of adopting baby Bruin, the Redmond residence is crazier than ever. This season, Brandi struggles to connect with her eldest daughter who is approaching her terrible tweens. Constantly juggling the needs of her three children, Brandi questions if she has room for more.

“The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards” will be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET. Ken Ehrich will executive produce the live telecast.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
CBS drama “Elementary” hits the 150 episode mark…Season finales: “When Sharks Attack” at Nat Geo; “Christina on the Coast” on HGTV; “Little Women” Atlanta” on WE; “Unspouse My House” on HGTV…For the listing of available programs for Thursday, July 18, click here