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NBC Eyes Marcia Clark Legal Drama; Charles Osgood to Retire

Monday, August 29, 2016
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ON THIS DAY                                                                          
More than 78 million viewers tuned in to see David Janssen as Richard Kimble square off with the “One Armed Man” (Bill Raisch) in the series-finale of “The Fugitive” on ABC in 1967. This was the most-watched episode of a regularly scheduled television series until the mystery of “Who Shot J.R.” was resolved on CBS’ “Dallas” on Nov. 21, 1980…Celebrity Birthdays: Politician John McCain is 80; Actor Elliot Gould is 78; Actress Carla Gugino (“Wayward Pines”) is 45; Former “Glee” star Lea Michele is 30.

Did You Know?:
In the fall of 2000, CBS revived “The Fugitive” with current “Madam Secretary” star Tim Daly in the role of Richard Kimble.  It aired in the Friday 8 p.m. hour into new forensics crime solver “CSI” Crime Scene Investigation.”  Three months after debuting, CBS moved “CSI” to Thursday and the series ultimately enjoyed a 15-season run.  This new version of “The Fugitive” moved into “CSI’s” original Friday 9 p.m. time period and was canceled that spring.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 21 days

Sunday 8/28/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.7/ 7, CBS: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 3.2/ 6, Fox: 2.0/ 6

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +17, ABC: +14, NBC: -10, CBS: -15

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here

Live + Same Day Data
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Thursday 8/25/16: Click here

Fast Affiliate Results
Friday 8/26/16: Click here
Saturday 8/27/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Marcia Clark Legal Drama Lands Put Pilot Commitment from NBC
On the heels of the success of FX’s “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” comes word that former prosecutor Marcia Clark will co-write a legal-themed drama on NBC, still untitled, based on her novel “Blood Defense.”  Drawing from the personal experience of Clark, who started her career as a defense attorney, the show centers on Samantha Brinkman, a relentless criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles whose world is turned upside down when she is hired to defend a police detective in a high-profile homicide, thrusting her into the public spotlight and exposing dark secrets from her past.

Clark will co-write the adaptation with writer-producers Elizabeth Craft and Sara Fain for ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville TV.  NBC is eyeing this potential new drama for 2017.


“Dancing With the Stars” Welcomes Back Three
Julianne Hough and her brother Derek, along with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, are returning for the next edition of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” which opens on Monday, Sept. 12.  Julianne will return as one of the judges, with Derek and Maksim back as pro judges.  Reported celebrity contestants, which will be unveiled tomorrow on “Good Morning America,” include Ryan Lochte, 16-year old Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, crooner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, “Wizards of Waverly Place” actor Jake T. Austin, “Little Women” star Terra Jole, “General Hospital” actress Emma Samms, former “Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick and “7th Heaven” alum Beverley Mitchell.

Jennifer Lopez to Produce Legal Drama for CBS
Current “Shades of Blue” star Jennifer Lopez will be switching networks as the executive producer through her Nuyorican Productions of an untitled legal drama for CBS.  The proposed series will center around identical twin brothers who are polar opposites and duke it out in their personal lives but are at their best teaming up in the courtroom.  Michael Rauch (“Life Is Wild,” “Love Monkey”) will both pen the script and executive produce the series, which will be co-produced by CBS Television Studios and Universal Television.

Charles Osgood Announces Retirement from “CBS Sunday Morning”
Charles Osgood has announced his retirement as anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” ending a 22-year run on the series. Osgood will continue as the anchor of “The Osgood File,” his daily news commentaries broadcast on the CBS Radio Network and stations around the country. He will also make occasional appearances on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

Said Osgood on yesterday’s broadcast: “Some of you may have heard rumors lately that I won’t be hosting these ‘Sunday Morning’ broadcasts very much longer. Well, I’m here to tell you that the rumors are true. For years now people — even friends and family — have been asking me why I keep doing this considering my age. I am pushing 84. It’s just that it’s been such a joy doing it! Who wouldn’t want to be the one who gets to introduce these terrific storytellers and the producers and writers and others who put this wonderful show together. I want to thank all of them and all of you in our still-growing audience for your support and encouragement. It’s been a great run, but after nearly 50 years at CBS, including the last 22 years here on ‘Sunday Morning,’ the time has come.”

A 90-minute special edition of “CBS Sunday Morning” on Sept. 25 honoring Osgood will feature a look at his career and will include surprise guests, interviews and comments from well-wishers and special performances.  There is no word at press time who will replace him.

AT&T and HBO Sign Multi-Platform Programming Agreement
AT&T and Home Box Office, Inc. have reached a multi-year, strategic agreement that will extend HBO’s content across all AT&T products.  The agreement, which is expected to begin by the end of the year, renews HBO’s existing contract with the AT&T DIRECTV and U-verse services, and will also make all HBO and Cinemax content available on DIRECTV NOW.


‘Facing,” a new docuseries from National Geographic Channel, will premiere tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET.  “Facing” takes an immersive look at the real stories behind some of modern history’s most larger-than-The premiere episode delves a look at Pablo Escobar, infamous drug lord and inspiration for Netflix’s “Narcos,” with interviews with the DEA special agents who took him down and people inside the Escobar drug operation.

“The Wisdom of Our Elders,” a CBS Interfaith Special, featuring interviews with three faith leaders about how they became who they are today and what they think about the current state of religious affairs in the U.S. and throughout the world, will air on CBS on Sunday, Sept. 18.  Following the airdate, this program may be viewed again by clicking here.

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“Fashion Police” on E! focuses on the “MTV Video Music Awards.”  “The Fosters” concludes for the season on Freeform.  “Fast n’ Loud” returns on Discovery.  For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, August 26, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Lucy Loves This Sitcom

Which one of the following sitcoms featured a one-hour retrospective special hosted by Lucille Ball?

a) “Cheers”
b) “Happy Days”
c) “Murphy Brown”
d) “Taxi”
e) “Three’s Company”

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following cable dramas passed the 100-episode mark?

a) “Mad Men”
b) “Rizzoli & Isles”
c) “The Shield”
d) “Six Feet Under”
e) “The Sopranos”
f) None of them did

…Is: b) “Rizzoli & Isles” on TNT, which debuted on July 12, 2010 and recently hit the 100-episode mark on July 25.  As for the others:

-“Mad Men” (AMC): 2007-2015 – 92 episodes
-“The Shield” (FX): 2002-08 – 88 episodes
-“Six Feet Under” (HBO): 2001-05 – 63 episodes
-“The Sopranos” (HBO): 1999-2007 – 86 episodes

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Jordan Breslow, Larry Collins, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Debra Kainer, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Greg Phelan

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