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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 12 days
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
“Blondie,” which was spun-off into a theatrical movie franchise and two television series, made its first appearance as a comic strip in 1930…Sally Field sitcom “The Flying Nun” debuted on ABC in 1967.  As one of the most bizarre comedies in the history of television, it ran for three seasons….HBO drama “True Blood” began its seven season run in 2008…Celebrity Birthdays: Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge Simpson and Rhoda’s (Valerie Harper) sister Brenda is 66; “Lost” star Michael Emerson is 62; Actress Evan Rachel Wood is 29.

Did You Know?:
Evan Rachel Wood got an early start on the small screen as teenager Jessie Sammler on ABC drama “Once and Again,” which aired from 1999-2002.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Note: The daily overnight rating analysis will be returning at the start of the new TV season.    

Tuesday 9/06/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.4/11, CBS: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 3.1/ 5, Fox: 0.9/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +72, NBC: +14, CBS: -23, CW: -29, Fox: -36

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here
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Final NTIs
Monday 8/29/15: Click here
Tuesday 8/30/16: Click here
Wednesday 8/31/16: Click here
Thursday 9/01/16: Click here
Friday 9/2/16: Click here

Fast Affiliate Ratings
Saturday 9/03/16: Click here
Sunday 9/04/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

TV Land Greenlights “Heathers” Pilot
After announcing a script deal in March, TV Land has greenlit the pilot for the TV show version of “Heathers,” based on the 1988 cult classic film of the same name.   Leslye Headland (“Sleeping with Other People,” “Bachelorette”) will direct. Reimagined as an anthology, “Heathers” will be set in the present day, as our heroine deals with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers. The script is written by Jason Micallef (“Butter”), and Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will executive produce for Lakeshore Entertainment.

Zayn Malik to Produce TV Drama “Boys” About One Direction
Former One Direction member Zayn Malik is teaming up with “Law & Order” creator and executive producer Dick Wolf to produce a proposed NBC drama about a boy band.  The series, called “Boys,” will focus on the thrills and insane pressures of being young and getting catapulted into fame at a dizzying speed.  According to the scoop, “Boys “captures all the excitement, competition and fun, but also takes an inside look into the pressure that come with the success.

According to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke: “On top of our excitement around the creative ideas being discussed, we have a lot of respect for the musical and digital ambitions behind the project.”

“Boys,” if it moves forward, is expected to debut in 2017.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Netflix Renews “Narcos” for Two More Seasons
Just four days after releasing season two, Netflix has greenlit two more seasons of drama “Narcos.”  The first season tracked the rise of real-life cocaine kingpin Escobar (Wagner Moura) in the 1970s and 1980s, while season two focuses on the 18 months leading up to his death in 1993.  José Padilha (“Elite Squad,” “RoboCop”) and Eric Newman (“Children of Men”) will continue to serve as executive producers of the series, which is produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix.

For more on “Narcos,” click here

ABC Picks-Up “Bachelor in Paradise” for Season Four
ABC has greenlit a fourth season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” the spin-off from “The Bachelor/Bachelorette” franchise.  “Bachelor in Paradise” features alumni of both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” living in a secluded tropical house together in Mexico.  Hosted by Chris Harrison, Next Entertainment produces “Bachelor in Paradise” in association with Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers are “Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods and Elan Gale.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Greta Van Susteren Exits Fox News
Longtime Fox News host Greta Van Susteren has abruptly exited Fox News Channel after 14 years with the network.  Senior political analyst Brit Hume will take over for Van Susteren’s 7 p.m. show “On the Record” starting immediately, and running through the election. It isn’t clear what will fill the time period after the election.

No reasons were given in the Fox News announcement for Van Susteren’s departure.

A source close to the situation said it was a financial disagreement that led to Van Susteren’s exit.  News of Van Susteren’s departure comes just after an announcement that 21st Century Fox had settled a lawsuit with former network host Gretchen Carlson for $20 million.  Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes approximately two months ago. Ailes resigned amid an internal investigation two weeks after Carlson filed the suit and denied the allegations.

TLC Begins Production on New Series Featuring Viral Sensation Veronica “Pooh”
TLC has begun production on an eight-episode docuseries, “Miss Pooh to the Rescue,” which follows one of last year’s biggest social media stars. Veronica “Pooh” Nash-Poleate, with more than 20 million views on her “Don’t Go in the Shark’s House” clip, has solidified her place in viral video history. The scoop: A school guidance counselor with degrees in psychology and education, Pooh relishes the online interaction with her “congregation,” but she’s decided it is time to go offline and meet her followers in person. In this new series, TLC follows her common sense crusade while she spreads her Pooh-losophy mission. Armed with her experience as a counselor and mother, and her sassy sense of humor, she’ll start doing house calls – giving advice and spreading love every step of the way.

The docuseries is slated to premiere on TLC this November.

Fall 2016 Network Preview at Campaign US
-The potential new series hits: Click here
-The potential new series misses: Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Discovery Channel has acquired the U.S and international rights of film“Huntwatch,” which recounts the chronology of the fight to end the commercial seal hunt in Atlantic Canada and will air on Thursday, Sept. 22 as part of the Discovery Impact banner. Produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and narrated by Ryan Reynolds, “Huntwatch” highlights the tumultuous history that is the East Coast Canadian commercial seal hunt.  Sparking what some believe to be the start of the modern animal welfare movement, the hunt was almost brought to an end in the eighties. But trends in the fishing industry in many parts of the world, and the current demands for fur in the Far East have unfortunately reignited the battle.

OPINION

How ABC’s ‘Speechless’ plans to avoid the ‘very special episode’ syndrome
Disabled characters have been few and far between on the networks. Will ABC’s irreverent take make room for more?

From Campaign US: For the most part, ABC’s new “Speechless,” debuting on Wednesdays this fall, follows the cookie-cutter template of a wacky family sitcom. There’s the take-charge mom, portrayed by Oscar-nominee Minnie Driver, and the clueless (or is he?) dad, played by “The Big Bang Theory’s” John Ross Bowie (minus the Elmer Fudd speech-impediment). There is an athletic daughter (Kyla Kenedy) and a precocious middle child (Mason Cook).

The character that sets “Speechless” apart is the oldest son, J.J, played by Micah Fowler, an actor who has cerebral palsy. The show begins when the family moves to a new town in search of a more opportunities, including a better education for wheelchair-bound J.J., who struggles to communicate, and hilarity (hopefully) ensues.

Though “Speechless is not the first network show to feature a recurring character with cerebral palsy, it does represent a new take on disability in general, a topic broadcast TV has never been exactly comfortable with. For more at Campaign US, click here

PI POLLS
1. Who is your pick to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series?  Click here
2. Who is your pick to win the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series?  Click here
3. Will you subscribe to CBS All Access to get “Big Brother: Over the Top”? Click here
4. Who is your pick to win the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series?  Click here
5. Who are you rooting for on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Drama “American Gothic” ends for the season – or series – on CBS.  Discovery miniseries “Harley and the Davidsons” concludes.  FX drama “Tyrant” finishes season three. For the complete primetime schedule for Wednesday, September 7, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Don’t Be a Meathead

Which one of the following series featured two former cast members from “All in the Family” as recurring players?

a) “Amen”
b) “Bagdad Café”
c) “Gilmore Girls”
d) “Party of Five”
e) “Still Standing”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

What was the first regularly scheduled series on ABC to finish a season ranked first overall in all of primetime?

a) “Bewitched”
b) “The Brady Bunch”
c) “The Lawrence Welk Show”
d) “Marcus Welby, M.D.”
e) “The Mod Squad”

Is…d) “Marcus Welby, M.D.,: which topped the primetime charts in the 1970-71 TV season with a 29.6 household rating.  The Top 10 ranking that season was as follows:

  1. “Marcus Welby, M.D.” (ABC): 29.6 rating
  2. “The Flip Wilson Show” (NBC): 27.9
  3. “Here’s Lucy” (CBS): 26.1
  4. “Ironside” (NBC): 25.7
  5. “Gunsmoke” (CBS): 25.5
  6. ABC Movie of the Week: 25.1
  7. “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS): 25.0
  8. “Medical Center” (CBS): 24.5
  9. “Bonanza” (NBC): 23.9
  10. “The F.B.I.” (ABC): 23.0

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Jim Brams, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Bob Eisenstaedt, Jim Forkan (2x), Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Debra Kainer, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris (2x), Gordon Purcell, Art Salisch, Dan Whitford

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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.