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Thursday, June 22, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
NBC dramatic anthology “The George Sanders Mystery Theater” opened in 1957. It ran for three months…NBC quiz show “You Bet Your Life, hosted byGroucho Marx, concluded after 11 seasons in 1961…Celebrity Birthdays: Country singer Kris Kristofferson is 81; three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep is 68; actor Bruce Campbell (“Maniac Cop”) is 59; “The Voice” and “Today” show personality Carson Daly is 44.

-Did You Know?:
Then 41-year old comedienne Phyllis Diller got her first national exposure as a contestant on “You Bet Your Life”. When author William Peter Blatty won $10,000 on the show in 1961, he told Groucho Marx he planned to take some time off to “work on a novel”. The result was “The Exorcist” in 1973.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Wednesday 6/21/17
Metered Market Ratings

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 2.8/ 5, CBS: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 2.0/ 4, ABC: 1.9/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: + 8, Fox: -13, ABC: -14, CW: -17, CBS: -25

-Ratings Breakdown:
The debut of spin-off “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” topped the night, leading NBC to Wednesday overnight household victory. It opened with a 4.7 rating/9 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. hour, which was on par with the season-finale of parent series “Little Big Shots” one week earlier. That translated into 7.29 million viewers and a 1.1 rating/5 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data from Nielsen.

Next on NBC was sitcom “The Carmichael Show,” which slipped by 47 percent from the 8:30 p.m. portion of “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” (4.9/ 9). It scored a 2.6/ 5 (#1t) in the 9 p.m. half-hour. That led into a 1.9/ 3 (#2) for an encore of “The Carmichael Show” at 9:30 p.m., following by a repeat of “This Is Us” at a third-place 1.5/ 3 at 10 p.m.

For the remainder of the analysis, plus the half-hour breakdown for Wednesday, June 21 click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 6/19/17: Click here
Tuesday 6/20/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Travel Channel Orders “The Zimmern List”

Travel Channel has ordered 18 episodes of a new half-hour series called “The Zimmern List,” which will mix Zimmern’s personal reflections on the foods that he loves with information about the people who make them and the places where they are served. In a statement about this new series, Zimmern said: “The new series is about more than just delicious food on the plate. It’s all about the unique and special experience of the city, the restaurant or food stall where that dish is being served, and most importantly, the people.”

Production on “The Zimmern List” will begin next week, with Boston, Maine and Portland the first stops on the culinary tour.

“Downton Abbey” Movie Expected to Go into Production in 2018
Rumors of a theatrical continuation of PBS classic “Downton Abbey” are turning into reality. The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. in 2015 and PBS in the U.S. in 2016. Julian Fellowes, who wrote the TV series, has been working on the script for the movie, which the producer of the show, Carnival Films, and its studio owner, NBCUniversal, hope to go into production in 2018. There is no word at present which actors will be returning.

Six Cast Members Exit NBC’s “Taken”
NBC drama “Taken,” which moves into the Friday 9 p.m. ET out of also relocated “Blindspot” this fall, will only feature two returning cast members: Clive Standen and Jennifer Beals. Following the recent news of a new showrunner, Greg Plageman from “Person of Interest,” comes word that Gaius Charles (John), Brooklyn Sudano (Asha), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Vlasik), Michael Irby (Scott), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Dave) and James Landry Hébert (Rem) will not be back for the show’s 16-episode second season.

Debuting on Feb. 27 and based on the film trilogy, “Taken” focuses on Clive Standen as a former Green Beret who must overcome a personal tragedy in order to get revenge while starting his career as a special intelligence operative.
Casting News
Arlen Escarpeta has joined the cast of Crackle’s new one-hour drama series, “The Oath.” Set to debut in 2018, the 10-episode series is created by Joe Halpin and executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc. “The Oath” explores a different kind of subculture – gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend.

David Oyelowo (“Selma”) will voice the role of Scar, the villainous younger brother to Mufasa, in Disney Junior’s “The Lion Guard,” an animated series that continues the epic storytelling of Disney’s acclaimed feature film, “The Lion King.” Season two premieres on Friday, July 7 at 8 a.m. ET with two back-to-back episodes. The character of Scar will first appear in the series during a special extended episode titled “The Rise of Scar,” premiering Saturday, July 29 at 9 a.m. ET.

Why Advertisers Still Love “Fargo” After Fans Have Changed the Channel – Click here

TV Tuesday with Douglas Pucci
To hear the latest about the summer television landscape with The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci, click here


CBS Daytime Promotes Three Executives
Margot Wain has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, and Ray Paolantonio and Laurie Seidman have been promoted to Vice Presidents, Daytime Programs at CBS.In her new position, Wain will continue as the current executive on “The Price is Right” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Paolantonio is responsible for oversight of game show “Let’s Make a Deal” and “Dream Team…It’s Epic,” the network’s Saturday morning young adult E/I programming block. He also oversees daytime scheduling. And Seidman, in her new role, serves as the current executive on “The Talk” and is also responsible for the strategy and management of CBS Daytime’s social media accounts.


Upcoming home design series “You Can’t Turn That Into a House” will premiere on FYI on Saturday, July 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET.  The logline: Missouri brothers Taimoor and Rehan travel the country rewriting the rules of home design by taking on the most unconventional, most bizarre, most dangerous run-down structures and transforming them into surprising, ingenious and luxurious dream homes. Whether renovating an old carnival trailer into a mobile guest house, turning an industrial garbage dumpster into a luxurious lake-front retreat, or fusing two rundown school buses together to form one unique structure, there’s no job they won’t take on.

Nickelodeon comedy “The Dude Perfect Show” will open season two onSaturday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: Comprised of five best friends—Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert, twins Coby and Cory Cotton, and their beloved panda mascot—Dude Perfect take fans inside their 25,000 square-foot extreme-sports paradise as they dream up the next viral video. For a sneak peak, click here

What grade would you give the just concluded third season of FX’s “Fargo”? Click here
ABC debuts reality/competition “Boy Band”…NBC opens new seasons of“Hollywood Game Night,” “The Wall” and “The Night Shift”…ActressScarlett Johansson is featured on Bravo’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio”…Spike TV debuts drama “The Mist”…For the complete listing for Thursday, June 22, click here
Just Short of 100

Which one of the following five series reached the 100-episode mark?

a) “The Partridge Family”
b) “Sex and the City”
c) “The Sopranos”
d) “Still Standing”
e) “Yes, Dear”
f) None of them did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following five series did not feature one of the current stars of CBS’ “NCIS”?

a) “Dark Angel”
b) “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
c) “Roc”
d) “Sam”
e) “Time of Your Life”
f) They all did

Is: a) “Dark Angel.” Although Michael Weatherly co-starred in the 2000-02 Fox drama, he is no longer a current cast member on “NCIS.” The key word in the question was current. As for the others…

-“The Man from Uncle” (NBC): David McCallum – 1964-68
-“Roc” (Fox): Rocky Carroll – 1991-94
-“Sam” (CBS): Mark Harmon – 1977-78
-“Time of Your Life”: Pauley Perrette – 1999-2000


Trivia All-Stars
Darla Dackiewicz, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, Synda Kollman, Gordon Purcell – that’s it!

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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.