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Friday, July 14, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                           
Shock-jock (and former “America’s Got Talent” judge) Howard Stern debuted in the New York market on WWOR in 1990 as host of a talk show featuring outrageous segments. The program entered national syndication in January 1991 and ultimately ended on August 8, 1992 because of the growing production costs…In 1994, Jerry Springer officially filed papers to run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio…Celebrity Birthdays: “Glee” star Jane Lynch is 57; “Lost” and “Party of Five” star Matthew Fox is 51.

-Did You Know?:
The first regularly scheduled series featuring Matthew Fox was a short-lived college set drama on CBS called “Freshman Dorm. It aired in the summer of 1992.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Thursday 7/13/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.7/ 7, CBS: 3.1/ 6, Fox: 2.1/ 4, ABC: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +117, CW: +50, Fox: no change, CBS: -11, ABC: -41

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC led the Thursday household overnights thanks to a Best of Auditions edition of summer favorite “America’s Got Talent,” which topped the night at a 4.7 rating/9 share in the 8 p.m. hour. And that gave a boost to lead-out game show “The Wall” (2: 3.6/ 6 at 9 p.m.), which trailed competing “Big Brother” on CBS (#1: 3.8/ 7) by just five percent.

The bigger observation, however, is the ongoing lack of interest in the new network summer programming. The latest is the debut of adventure themed docuseries “Hooten & the Lady” on The CW at a modest 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m. (out of a 1.1/ 2 for the season premiere of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” at 8 p.m.).

New summer series tallies: ABC’s “Boy Band” scored a mere 1.7/ 3 in the household overnights at 8 p.m. into the revivals of “Battle of the Network Stars” (#3: 2.0/ 3) and “The Gong Show” (#3: 1.9/ 3) from 9-11 p.m. And just renewed “Beat Shazam” on Fox (#3: 2.2/ 4 at 8 p.m.) led into a 1.9/ 3 (#4) for the revival of “Love Connection” at 9 p.m.

Also lagging is season three of CBS drama “Zoo” at a last-place 1.9/ 3 at 10 p.m.

For the half-hour breakdown for Thursday, July 13, click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 7/10/17: Click here
Tuesday 7/11/17: Click here
Wednesday 7/12/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix to Produce Spanish Drama “Élite”
Netflix will develop and produce a new Spanish language drama series called “Élite”  that will be released globally in 2019. Created by Spanish TV writers Carlos Montero (“Physical or Chemical”) and Darío Madrona (“The Protected”), “Élite will be executive produced by Zeta Audiovisual (Ahora o Nunca, Three Steps”).

“Élite” is set at Las Encinas, the most exclusive school in Spain where the elite send their children to study. When three working class kids are admitted after their academy was destroyed by an earthquake, the clash between those who have everything and those who have nothing to lose creates the perfect storm that ultimately ends in a murder. Eight episodes of “Élite”  have been ordered in season one.


“Westworld” and “Saturday Night Live” Lead the Primetime Emmy Awards 
HBO drama “Westworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” led the “69th Annual Primetime Emmy Award” nominations with 22 nods apiece. Comparably, this is the most nominations that the veteran NBC late night sketch show has ever received in a single season.  Next were “Stranger Things” on Netflix and “Feud: Better and Joan” with 18 nominations each, followed by 17 for HBO comedy “Veep” (including a potential sixth consecutive trophy for Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series).

Even without “Game of Thrones” being able to compete, HBO topped the list of nominations with 110. Next was Netflix at 91, followed by NBC (60), FX (54), ABC (34), CBS (29), Fox (21), Hulu (18), Amazon Instant (16), Showtime (15), and AMC and PBS with 11 each. Eleven of the nominations for Hulu were a result of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Five newbies in the Outstanding Drama category, including “This Is Us,” “Westworld,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Crown” and “Stranger Things” will be competing with “Better Call Saul” and “House of Cards.” “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “Master of None,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and “Veep” are vying for Outstanding Comedy Series.

The 2017 Emmys Primetime Emmy Award will be hosted by Stephen Colbert and will air at 8 p.m. on September 17 on CBS, which is the night before the official start of the new television season.

For the complete list of nominations, click here

Who’s to Blame for Summer’s Dismal TV Ratings? Click here 


WE tv Revives “Bridezillas”
WE tv has announced a pick-up for reality series “Bridezillas,” with 10 new hour-long episodes. The original “Bridezillas” ended its run in 2013 after 10 seasons and launched spinoff series and hit WE tv franchise “Marriage Boot Camp,” which recently concluded its eighth season on WE tv. Casting is currently underway across the country for the 2018 series.

The logline: The series famously spotlights so-called ‘normal’ women who have turned into “Bridezillas” by their upcoming nuptials. Each episode will follow two hilariously unhinged brides as they hurtle toward the altar. We meet the brides and their grooms, learn their backgrounds, relationship histories, and see how the wedding has taken over their lives. As we move closer to the brides’ big day, tempers and tensions flare, the patience of loved ones is tested and monumental meltdowns become inevitable as our ‘Bridezillas’ are pushed to the edge – all in the name of planning the ‘perfect’ wedding.


“Wild Alaska Live,” hosted by an on-location international team of anchors, scientists, correspondents, and other experts live, will begin on PBS on Sunday, July 23 at 8 p.m. ET. The logline: “Wild Alaska Live” is a real-life extravaganza for the whole family that turns the cameras on some of the world’s most remarkable animals – bears, wolves, beavers, moose, orcas and eagles – as they gather by the thousands to take part in Alaska’s summer feast, a natural spectacle and amazing story never captured on live TV. Parts two and three air on July 26 and July 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” will return for its new season in a two night event onMonday, Aug. 14 and Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.  “The Bachelor” spin-off was initially scheduled to launch its fourth season on Aug. 8 until the plan was abruptly altered due to a much-publicized production shutdown.

Which series would you like to see win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama? Clickhere
Netflix offers season one of new comedy “Friends From College”…For the complete primetime schedule for Friday, July 14, click here 
First Time Emmy Nominee

All five of the following actors were nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award yesterday. But which one has never been nominated before?

a) Claire Foy
b) Judith Light
c) Elisabeth Moss
d) Matthew Rhys
e) Evan Rachel Wood

The answer to the yesterday’s question…

Which TV sitcom featured an episode where the family took a trip to Toyko?

a) “Family Matters”
b) “Father Knows Best”
c) “Growing Pains”
d) “My Three Sons”
e) “To Rome With Love”

…Is: d) “My Three Sons.” In the third season premiere on Sept. 20, 1962, the whole family – Mike (Tim Considine), Robbie (Don Grady), Chip (Stanley Livingston) and “Bub” (William Frawley) goes on a trip to Japan while Steve (Fred MacMurray) has to fly there for business. For a look, click here


Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi

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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.