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“Bewitched” Reboot in the Works on ABC

Friday, August 24, 2018
ON THIS DAY
The final telecast of sitcom “My Little Margie” aired in 1955. Headlined by Gale Storm as the 21-year-old daughter of a widowed New York investment banker (Charles Farrell), “My Little Margie” alternated between CBS and NBC during its three-and-one-half season run…Celebrity Birthdays: Wrestling promoter Vince McMahon is 73; Oscar winner Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) is 53; comedian Dave Chappelle is 45; “Hawaii Five-O” star Alex O’Loughlin is 42;“One Tree Hill” star Chad Michael Murray is 37.

-Did You Know?:
Technically, “My Little Margie” only aired from 1952 to 1955. But, in the 1950s, that translated into a total of 126 half-hour episodes. On a broadcast network today, a three-and-one-half season run would probably be about 79 episodes. On cable or digital, it might be about 35 to 50.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Thursday 8/23/18

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 4.9 rating/9 share, CBS: 3.0/ 6, ABC: 2.8/ 5, NBC: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +172, ABC: +87, CBS: – 3, NBC: -39, CW: -60

-Ratings Scorecard:
Fox topped the night care of the Philadelphia Eagles at the Cleveland Browns on Preseason football at an estimated 4.9 rating/9 share in households in primetime (from 8-10 p.m. ET). Second overall for the evening was CBS summer favorite “Big Brother” (3.8/ 7 from 9-10 p.m.), which was right on par with the year-ago evening and will feature one of the jury members next week battling back to get into the house.

In season (or series finale) news was NBC sitcom “Trial & Error,” which exited with a modest 1.4/ 2 in the household overnights (#4) for what will probably be its final two episodes (from 9-10 p.m.).

For the remainder of the analysis and breakdown by network and by half hour for Thursday, August 23, click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 8/20/18: Click here
-Tuesday 8/21/18: Click here
-Wednesday 8/22/18: Click here

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of August 5: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

“Bewitched” Reboot in the Works on ABC
ABC is producing a reboot of the classic, which offer a new spin on the story of a friendly witch, who marries a mortal man and attempts to live as a suburban housewife. The series is expected to feature a biracial couple with an African-American woman playing Samantha,

“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris will serve as an executive producer and writer on the project, along with Yamara Taylor, who is currently a co-producer on Barris’ show.

“Bewitched” originally aired from 1964 to 1972 on ABC, and ran for eight seasons, starring Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha, and Dick York, later replaced by Dick Sargent, as her husband, Darrin. Spin-off “Tabitha,” featuring Lisa Hartman, briefly ran on ABC from 1977-78. Nicole Kidman was featured in the “Bewitched” theatrical in 2005.

ABC Orders Summer Drama “Reef Break”
ABC has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order for drama “Reef Break,” will revolve around a woman who is a former thief who now works as a “fixer” for the governor of a fictional island in the Pacific. The series is based on an idea of Montgomery’s and will be steered by showrunner/executive producer Ken Sanzel. Montgomery is also an executive producer. The network will air “Reef Break” next summer.

“Reef Break” will be produced through ABC Studios and ABC Studios International, and will also be telecast on M6 in France. It is Disney’s international production division’s second global commission after the Ioan Gruffudd-fronted Australian crime drama “Harrow,” and the first to get U.S. distribution.

Starz Acqires British Drama
Starz has picked up gritty British drama “Save Me,” featuring “Fear The Walking Dead” star Lennie James. Described as a gritty, three-part mini-series, the series follows an estranged father’s hunt for his missing daughter amid accusations of kidnap, “Save Me will premiere on September 6, running consecutively over three nights.Created and written by James,”Save Me” is produced by Simon Heath from World Productions, the U.K. banner behind “Line of Duty,” and Jessica Sykes from Independent Talent.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

IFC Renews “Baroness Von Sketch Show” for Season 4
IFC has picked up the upcoming fourth season of the all-female sketch series “Baroness von Sketch Show” prior to its season 3 premiere on Nov. 8, which will air on the network in 2019. The series is performed and written by Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora

Originally airing on Canadian network CBC, and produced by Frantic Films, IFC acquired the first two seasons of “Baroness von Sketch Show” from Banijay Rights and debuted both seasons last summer to strong critical acclaim.
 

TV UPDATES

The PI in Moneyish.com by Funto Omojola – Click here

“Big Brother” Power Rankings – Click here

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci reviews new fall NBC series “Manifest”, “I Feel Bad” and “New Amsterdam”. With Scott Nolte on Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). To listen,click here

SPORTS

2018 WNBA Playoffs TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ABC – Click here

2018 Little League Baseball World Series Schedule on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 – Click here

2018-19 NBA Regular Season Schedule on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA – Clickhere

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Air Disasters” will open its 11th season on Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. ET. Ten new episodes will feature exclusive eyewitness accounts, archival footage, dramatic reenactments, state-of-the-art CGI and interviews with survivors, family members and air crash investigators tasked with determining the cause of the tragedy. The logline: Whether the result of an on-board fire, malfunctioning flight systems, pilot error, terrorism or manufacturing defects, each incident offers valuable lessons about air travel that aim to make flying safer.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Ghoul” and “The Innocents” on Netflix, “Safe Harbour” on Hulu, “Scaled” on Animal Planet…Season premieres: “Ask the Storybots” and“Dreamworks Trolls” on Netflix, “The Contender” on Netflix…For the programming options on Friday, August 24, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
A Different Ida Morgenstern

We all remember Nancy Walker as lovable nudge Ida Morgenstern, Rhoda’s mother, on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and spin-off “Rhoda.” But who was actually an earlier choice for the role?

a) Geraldine Page
b) Molly Picon
c) Martha Raye
d) Maureen Stapleton 
e) Shelley Winters

The answer to yesterday’s question… 
 
Which one of the following five sitcoms was the replacement for beloved “I Love Lucy” in the summer of 1952?

a) “December Bride”
b) “The Jack Benny Program”
c) “Father Knows Best”
d) “My Little Margie”
e) “Private Secretary”

Is: d) “My Little Margie,” which concluded its three season run on this day in 1955. For more on the sitcom, scroll up to the On This Day section.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Tommy Riggins, Derek Rogers, Neal Sabin, Anthony Salerno, Joe Swaney, Randy West