ON THIS DAY
“Later With Bob Costas,” a half-hour talk show created to follow “Late Night with David Letterman” (and, eventually, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”), debuted on NBC in 1988. Hosted by Costas in New York until 1994, the format featured conversations with one individual in each telecast. Production shifted to Burbank after Costas departed with Greg Kinnear the new host until 1996. Ultimately, Carson Daly stepped in and the show was re-titled “Last Call with Carson Daly” in 2002…Valerie Harper of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda” is 80; “Laverne & Shirley” star Cindy Williams is 72; singer Tori Amos is 56; ”Modern Family” star Ty Burrell is 52; Chef Giada De Laurentis is 49; “Bridesmaids” star Kristen Wiig is 46; late night talk show host James Corden is 41.
Did You Know?:
Valerie Harper was once the roommate of Arlene Golonka, who played Millie on”The Andy Griffith Show” and spin-off “Mayberry RFD.” For more on Valerie Harper, click here
NBC: 3.2/ 6, Fox: 2.3/ 9, CBS: 2.2/ 4, ABC: 1.6/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1
Percent Change From Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +25, Fox: – 4, CBS: – 8, NBC: -29, ABC: -41
The “America’s Got Talent” live results show on NBC topped the night with a 5.8 rating/11 share in households. Comparably, that bested competing “Big Brother” on CBS (#2: 3.2/ 6) by 81 percent. For more on “Big Brother,” clickhere
In week three news, “BH90210” on Fox dipped by nine percent from one week earlier with a 2.0/ 4 (#2) in the 9 p.m. hour. Two weeks earlier in opened with 1 3.3/ 6 in the household overnights. Comparably, “BH90210” was 29 percent below lead-in “Masterchef” (#3: 2.8/ 5 at 8 p.m.).
For the remainder of the overnight analysis plus the half-hour breakdown for Wednesday, August 21, click here
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Starz Picks Up”Shining Vale” Comedy Pilot Cable net Starz has ordered a pilot for horror-themed comedy “Shining Vale” from Other Shoe Productions, Merman and Kapital Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and Lionsgate Television. The logline: “Shining Vale” is a horror comedy about a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a small town into a house in which terrible atrocities have taken place. But no one seems to notice except for Pat, the mom, who’s convinced she’s either depressed or possessed – turns out, the symptoms are exactly the same. Everyone has their demons – but are Pat’s real? Or is this the portrait of a typical family torn apart by mental illness. Done in a funny, scary way.
The half-hour comedy is written and executive produced by Jeff Astrof (“Trial & Error,” “Ground Floor”) from Other Shoe Productions and Sharon Horgan (“Divorce,” “Catastrophe”) from Merman. Clelia Mountford (“This Way Up,” “Women on the Verge”) from Merman will also executive produce alongside Aaron Kaplan (“Life in Pieces,” “The Chi”) and Dana Honor (“A Million Little Things,” “The Neighborhood”) for Kapital Entertainment.
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
Valerie Harper Turns 80
If you happen to be a fan of classic “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and, come on now, who isn’t?) naturally you remember Valerie Harper as the wisecracking, brash and comically insecure Rhoda Morgenstern.
“Mary was the girl you aspired for but could not get. Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) was the one you avoided. And then there was Rhoda, who was the easiest pick. So, why did it take me so long to find a husband?,” joked Valerie Harper when I met her at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour in 2016.
Harper was there to accept the Heritage Award from the TCA for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” For more, click here
ABC Announces Celebrity Competitors on “Dancing With the Stars”
ABC’s returning “Dancing With the Stars” will feature the following celebrity competitors this fall. And they are:
• Christie Brinkley – supermodel
• Ally Brooke – pop star
• Hannah Brown – “The Bachelorette”
• Karamo Brown – TV host
• Kate Flannery – TV star
• Ray Lewis – NFL Hall of Famer
• Kel Mitchell – comedian/actor
• Lamar Odom – two-time NBA champion
• Sean Spicer – former White House press secretary
• James Van Der Beek – TV icon
• Mary Wilson – The Supremes
“Riverdale” Meets “Stranger Things” on The CW’s “Pandora”
If you happen to watch any series of a scripted nature on The CW, you won’t be surprised when I describe the emotionally complex (and, of course, the highly attractive) cast of the new science fiction drama “Pandora.” Priscilla Quintana is Jax (a.k.a. Pandora, the code name given to her by the EarthCon Intelligence Services), a badass, yet vulnerable young woman who enrolls at Earth’s Training Academy after losing everything. There she connects with a group of also millennial-aged individuals as they learn to defend the Galaxy from threats (amid the typical relationship turbulence of anyone in that age range). Click here
PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci – Celebrating the 1990s
Douglas Pucci remembers his favorite shows from the 1990s – “Seinfeld, “Friends,” “All McBeal,” “Sex and the City” and “Melrose Place.” Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Nickelodeon’s “Middle School Moguls,” a series of four half-hour CG-animated specials, will debut on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. ET. The series chronicles the ambitions of four new friends striving to create their own companies while attending Mogul Academy, an entrepreneurial school where kid-business dreams come true.
NBC will preview talker “A Little Late with Lilly Singh: The Primetime Special” on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10 p.m., two days following the premiere of her new late-night show. The telecast will immediately follow the two-hour season finale of “America’s Got Talent.” The hour long special will introduce primetime audiences to Singh as she partakes in sketches, interviews, games and interacts with the audience.
For the listing of available programs for Thursday, August 22, click here