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Netflix Revives Former ABC Drama “Designated Survivor” for Season 3

Programming Insider by Marc Berman
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 18 Days
Live action children’s television series, “H.R. Pufnstuf,” created by Sid and Marty Krofft, debuted on NBC in 1969.  It ran for three seasons on Saturday morning…Musical “Cabaret” closed at Broadhurst Theater in New York City in 1969 after 1,166 performances…An estimated 2.5 billion people watched worldwide television coverage of Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997…Celebrity Birthdays: “Man With a Plan” co-star Swoosie Kurtz is 74; comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 60; politician Chris Christie is 56; actress Rosie Perez is 54; “Luther” star Idris Elba is 46.

Did You Know?:
Swoosie Kurtz’s first regularly scheduled primetime series was NBC comedy“Love, Sydney, which aired on NBC from 1981 to 1983 and featured Tony Randall as a gay man who takes in a single woman (Kurtz) and her young daughter (Kaleena Kiff). “Love, Sydney” was the first series historically to feature a gay character as the central lead.

RATINGS BOX                                                                  
Wednesday 9/05/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.5/ 8, CBS: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 2.4/ 4, ABC: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: + 5, CW: no change, ABC: – 6, CBS: – 7, Fox: -14

For the complete overnight ratings scorecard for Wednesday, Sept. 5 broken out by network and by half hour, click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard 
What follows are the Live+Same Day ratings results for the week of August 27 (with change versus the year ago period in parentheses):

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 5.10 million (+11), ABC: 3.69 (-19), CBS: 3.51 (- 9), Fox: 1.67 (-27), CW: 780,000 (-13)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.0 rating/5 share (+11), ABC: 0.9/ 5 (-31), CBS and Fox: 0.5/ 3 (each), CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.4/ 5 (+17), ABC: 1.2/ 5 (-20), CBS: 0.8/ 3 (-11), Fox: 0.6/ 2 (-25), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:
ABC: 0.7/ 5 (-30), NBC: 0.6/ 4 (+20), CBS and Fox: 0.3/ 2 (-25 each),Fox: 0.3/ 2 (), CW: 0.1/ 1 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Paramount Network Orders Dramedy “Emily in Paris” from Darren Star
Paramount Network has announced a full series order for “Emily in Paris” (working title) from Darren Star. The 10 episode, half-hour series will bookend a new Thursday dramedy night that launches in January with “First Wives Club,” from Tracy Oliver (“Girls Trip”), followed by Star’s returning “Younger” (which officially moves to Paramount Network for season six in the spring, followed by “Emily in Paris” in the summer).

The logline: Star heads to the city of lights in “Emily in Paris” centered on Emily, a driven twenty-something American woman from the Midwest, who moves to Paris for an unexpected job opportunity, tasked with bringing an American point of view to a venerable French marketing firm. Cultures clash as she adjusts to the challenges of life in a foreign city, while juggling her career, new friendships and love life. Production will begin early next year in Paris. “Emily in Paris” is created, executive produced and written by Darren Star, with Tony Hernandez of JAX Media executive producing for Paramount Network.


Netflix Revives Former ABC Drama “Designated Survivor”
Netflix has picked-up for canceled ABC drama “Designated Survivor,” starring Kiefer Sutherland, for a third season. Ten new episodes have been ordered for 2019. The alphabet net opted against a third season due to the low traditional Nielsen ratings.

The logline: President Kirkman (Sutherland) will face a political reality… campaigning. What does it take to make a leader? What price will he be willing to pay? This new season will explore today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and “fake news.” Democracy, as we know it, will hang in the balance.

Production on “Designated Survivor” will begin later this year, while seasons one and two come exclusively to Netflix in the U.S. and Canada this Fall.

Paramount Network Cancels Sitcom “American Woman”
Paramount has opted against a second season of drama “American Woman,” which produced 11 episodes in total. Inspired by the life of “Real Housewives” star Kyle Richards, “American WOman” starred Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari, and followed Silverstone’s character Bonnie, an unconventional mother struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her husband, with help from her two best friends.

“American Woman” was originally developed for Viacom’s TV Land, but was moved to Spike last year ahead of the latter network’s re-branding as the Paramount Network.


Your Primer for the 37th Season of “Survivor,” Themed “David vs. Goliath”
“Survivor,” the long-running hit reality competition and Wednesday’s most-watched regularly-scheduled TV program for the 2017-18 season, returns for its 37th season on Wednesday, Sept. 26 with a special 90-minute premiere (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on CBS (in the U.S.) and Global (in Canada). It will air in 60-minute installments on most of the Wednesdays thereafter (from 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) until the season finale in December.

The upcoming season, themed “Survivor: David vs. Goliath,” features two groups of 10 strangers each. Castaways who make up the “David” tribe have overcome adversity in their lives, while the castaways on the “Goliath” tribe tend to capitalize on their individual advantages and use it against their opponents. This extreme game of social politics will focus on the “underdogs” versus the “favorites” and reveal that every “Goliath” has an Achilles heel, while every “David” has a secret weapon.

For a list of the competitors, click here

The Past is the Present on PBS’ “Ancient Invisible Cities”  – Click here

Play the Primetime Emmy Awards Pick’Em Game 2018 – Click here

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci talks football with Scott Nolte on Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). To listen, click here


2018 NFL Regular Season Week 1 TV and Announcer Schedule – Clickhere


ABC Studios International Australian drama “Harrow” will be available for streaming on Hulu on Friday, Sept. 7. “Harrow” is the story of forensic pathologist Dr. Daniel Harrow (Joan Gruffudd), whose total disregard for authority and his unfailing empathy for the dead help him solve even the most bizarre cases. He is driven to give victims a voice and will bend every rule to get to the truth of what happened to them. But when a terrible secret from his own past threatens his family, career and himself, Harrow needs all his wit, wile and forensic genius not to solve a crime, but to keep it buried. Hulu will be the exclusive U.S. home to the complete first season, as well as future episodes of the series.

Discovery’s “Vegas Rat Rods” will return with new episodes on Monday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: A car rebel with a cause, Steve Darnell seeks to create meaningful art in every car he builds and he has the right crew – Justin Kramer, Travis Deeter, Dave Lefler and Merlon Johnson to help him bring his wildest rat rod ideas to life. This season, Steve’s sons Chase and Kash join “Vegas Rat Rods” to follow their father’s footsteps and broaden their welding and fabricating skills. Although they’re the youngest team members at Welder Up, they’re two welding sons of guns looking to keep rat rods around for generations to come. While Steve and the crew build some of the most outrageous rat rods, rebuilding some classic American Muscle cars on the side is never a bad idea. Bigger wheels? Badder engines? More horsepower? No matter what the build, the answer is always yes at Welder Up.

The Atlanta Falcons face the Philadelphia Eagles on the season premiere of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”...Series premieres: “Save Me” on Starz,“Bite Club” on Food…“Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Duty” opens new season on Ovation…“Flip or Flop” concludes for the season on HGTV…For the programming options on Thursday, Sept. 6, click here
TV Meets Comic Book

Which one of the following TV series was not spun-off into a comic book series?

a) “Ben Casey”
b) “I Love Lucy”
c) “Mission: Impossible”
d) “The Twilight Zone”
e) “The Wild, Wild West”
f) they all were

The answer to yesterday’s question… 

Which one of the following performers won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor or Actress in both a Comedy and a Drama Series? Note: this is for a regularly scheduled role only (movies and miniseries are not included).

a) Buddy Ebsen
b) Jack Klugman
c) Mary Tyler Moore
d) Carroll O’Conner
e) Burt Reynolds

Is: d) Carroll O’Connor, who won four Emmys as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for “All in the Family” (1972, 1977-79) and one in 1989 as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for NBC’s “In the Heat of the Night.”

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Audrey Davis, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Eric Kabakoff, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Aaron Paquette, Derek Rogers, Neal Sabin, Art Salisch, Wayne Schulman, Michelle Stanton

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.