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Apple TV+ Orders “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!”; “Little Fires Everywhere” Concludes for the Season on Hulu

Barbara Walters was officially named the first woman to ever co-anchor NBC’s “The Today Show” in 1974… CBS sitcom “Maude, starring Bea Arthur, concluded its six season run in 1978. A seventh season was planned for Maude Findlay to move to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in politics, but Arthur decided to call it quits…Also in 1978, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” featured the first appearance by The Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) and comedian Steve Martin performed his famous King Tut routine…”Hill Street Blues” spin-off “Beverly Hills Buntz, starring Dennis Franz, ended in 1988. It aired for only nine episodes…Robert Conrad starred alongside his real-life two sons, Christian Conrad and Shane Conrad, in the debut of short-lived CBS drama “Jesse Hawkes” in 1989. It was spun-off from “High Mountain Rangers, which also featured the trio and lasted for only one half-season…Also in 1989, Madonna scored her seventh No. 1 single in the U.S. with “Like a Prayer,” which spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video that accompanied the hit, which featured images of stigmata, burning crosses and the kissing of a black saint, was condemned by family and religious groups and had caused the Pepsi company to cancel their sponsorship deal with her (but she was allowed to keep the deal’s fee)…In 1991, Johnny Carson announced he would be retiring from NBC’s “The Tonight Show.” His final telecast was on May 22, 1992…In 2002, actor Robert Blake was charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. He was later acquitted.

Celebrity Birthdays: actress Estelle Harris (mother of George Costanza on “Seinfeld”) is 92; three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson is 83; “Hairspray” director John Waters is 74; singer Peter Frampton is 70; comedian and actor Ryan Stiles (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) is 61; producer and entrepreneur Byron Allen is 59; actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”) is 54; former “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd is 53.

-Did You Know?
Robert Blake, then billed by his birth name, Mickey Gubitosi, was featured as a child in the “Our Gang” series of theatrical shorts from 1939 to 1944. At that time, producer Hal Roach sold the series to MGM…“Beverly Hills Buntz” was considered a “designated hitter” on NBC, which was a show that will be broadcast monthly and then, ratings permitting, be ready to move into a weekly slot if required. The other designated hitter on the network that season was comedy “Mama’s Boy,” with Bruce Weitz (“Hill Street Blues”) and Nancy Walker (“Rhoda,” “McMillan and Wife”). Neither sitcom made it to a second season.

Programming Insider by Marc Berman

RATINGS BOX

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of April 6, 2020 – Click here

National Ratings in Syndication – Top 10: Week of April 6
Households
1. “Family Feud” (CBS Television Distribution – CTD): 7.4 rating
2. “Jeopardy” (CTD): 7.1
3. “Wheel of Fortune” (CTD): 6.8
4. “Judge Judy” (CTD): 6.3
5. “The Big Bang Theory” (Warner Bros.): 3.3
6. “Entertainment Tonight” (CTD) and “Inside Edition” (CTD): 3.0 each
8. “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (Disney-ABC) and “Last Man Standing” (Disney-ABC): 2.3 each
10. “Dr. Phil” (CTD) and “Hot Bench” (CTD): 2.1 each

Live+Same Day Data:
Monday 4/13/20: Click here
Tuesday 4/14/20: Click here
Wednes
day 4/15/20: Click here
Thursday 4/16/20: Click here

Source: Nielsen

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Apple TV+ Revives The Fraggles in “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!”

The Fraggles have returned in Apple’s “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!,” a new, original collection of mini-episodes, produced by The Jim Henson Company. The original stars of the 19080s series – Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle Traveling Matt — are back for new stories and classic Fraggle songs that show everyone how we are all connected through friendship. New mini-episodes will continue to premiere globally for free, every Tuesday.
The logline: While the Fraggles might be in different parts of the Fraggle Rock caves, they can still find ways to have fun together, with music, silliness, special guests, and of course the help of devices created by the industrious Doozers – lovingly called the Doozertubes!  In the first mini-episode entitled “Shine On,” now streaming on Apple TV+, new Doozertubes are delivered to the Fraggles’ caves, allowing them to come together for a favorite song “Shine On, Shine On Me.”
The all-new short form episodes are produced by The Jim Henson Company, and executive produced by Halle Stanford and John Tartaglia. In accordance with the Covid-19 “Safer at Home” guidelines, “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” is all shot on iPhone 11 phones from the homes of the production team and individual artists from all over the country.
SPORTS

The NFL Draft in Our Current State of the World: How Many Viewers Will It Draw?

March 11th, 2020. It was the date when the entire sports landscape in the United States first took official drastic action due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An NBA player — later to be revealed as star Jazz center Rudy Gobert — was discovered to having the virus just minutes before tip-off of a Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game. That game would be swiftly canceled and soon after, so too would the rest of the NBA season. In the days thereafter, the other leagues also suspended action; there’d be no more spring training games in baseball, no NHL hockey and no March Madness for college baseball. Sports, as we knew it, grinded to an abrupt halt.
On the nights and weekends that TV used to offer various sporting events have since resorted to airing classic games of months or years past, video game simulations and documentaries about sports personalities.
Six weeks in, though, there is one major event on the sports calendar that will still go on as scheduled: the NFL Draft. This year, the originally glitzy plans that the city of Las Vegas had in store will now be replaced by all happenings occurring at remote locations including from the many living rooms of the participants involved. For more, click here
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES

Production Panic: Can the Major SVOD Serivces Keep Up with Ravenous Audience Demand? = For more, click here

TV – Past and Present – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Expedition with Steve Backshall” will return with new episodes on PBS on Wednesday, May 6 at 10 p.m. ET as  adventurer, explorer and naturalist Steve Backshall prepares to drop down into the darkness of a giant pit that’s 400 feet deep. This is the first stage of a Mayan obstacle course built thousands of years ago. Backshall, along with his expedition crew, must wriggle through tight passages constructed by the Maya and climb down steep pits. After five hours of grueling physical “tests,” they feel worthy of their prize when they reach the end and see a giant mural of a jaguar and a unique sculpture jutting out of a rock.

AMC has delayed the second season premiere of “NOS4A2” that was supposed to arrive on June 1. It will now launch on Sunday, June 21. The cable net’s upcoming “Creepshow, which is already streaming on the AMC-owned Shudder streaming service, is being extended for a six-week run on the network. AMC originally planned to run it for three weeks, and it will launch on Monday, May 4.

The “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” Tournament, which aired on ABC in January, will have an encore in syndication for two weeks beginning on Monday, May 4. The game show is from CBS Television Distribution.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Absurd Planet” and Win the Wilderness”  on Netflix…“Ghost Nation” opens a new season on Travel Channel…Season finales: “Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu; “It’s Personal with Amy Hoggart” on truTV; “True Terror with Robert Englund” on Travel…The CW offers special “People Presents Harry & Meaghan: A Royal Rebellion“…For the listing of available programs for Wednesday, April 22, click here