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Monday, August 21, 2017
RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Sunday 8/20/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.2/ 6, ABC: 2.6/ 5, NBC: 1.8/ 3, Fox: 0.8/ 1

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped the evening in the household overnights thanks to the 7-9 p.m.combination of an encore telecast of “60 Minutes” (#1 for the night: 5/7 rating/11 share) and perennial summer guilty pleasure “Big Brother” (#1: 4.0/ 7), which is a lock for nightly dominance in all the key young adult demographics. If Christmas really wants to make a move, now is the time to get Jason or floater Matt out of the house.

In the original sports department was the P&G Championships – Women’s Events on NBC, which limped along with a 2.0/ 4 from 7-9 p.m. Also original was CBS game show “Candy Crush,” which dipped to a mere 1.3/ 2 from 9-10 p.m. with retention out of lead-in “Big Brother” of just 32 percent. Note to host Mario Lopez: Keep you day job on “Extra”!

“Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” on ABC, meanwhile, scored a typical 2.5/ 4 in the 9 p.m. hour.

For the half-hour household overnight breakdown for Sunday, August 20, click here

Fast Affiliate Ratings

Friday 8/18/17: Click here
Saturday 8/19/17: Click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 8/14/17: Click here
Tuesday 8/15/17: Click here
Wednesday 8/16/17: Click here
Thursday 8/17/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


ABC Orders Live Action “The Jetsons” Sitcom Pilot
Animated classic “The Jetsons” is the next potential TV series to be revived, with ABC ordering a live-action adaptation of the sitcom from Warner Bros. Telebvision. Based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, the proposed series  is a multi-camera sitcom set 100 years in the future that follows the exploits of the Jetson family.

Robert Zemeckis will executive produce along with Jack Rapke via their Compari Entertainment banner. Gary Janetti, who has written for and produced shows like “Family Guy” and “Will & Grace,” will write and executive produce.

The original version of the sitcom, which aired on ABC from 1962-1963 in primetime as a futuristic counterpart to the pre-historic animated sitcom “The Flintstones,” followed George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with their robot maid Rosie and family dog Astro. The series was later revived by Hanna-Barbera in 1985 in syndication with 41 new episodes, and animated feature “Jetsons: The Movie” was released in theaters in 1990.

No casting, at present, has been announced.

NBC Snags Drama Pilot “The Unrequited”
NBC is eyeing a drama from “Pitch” executive producer Kevin Falls and 20thCentury Television called “The Unrequited.” Written/executive produced by Falls, The Unrequited” revolves around four adult siblings who descend on their mother’s home for the funeral of their father, the former governor of California. After the youngest and only son finds an old, unopened love letter from a college girlfriend, it starts a chain of events that might change the trajectory of both his own life and members of his family.

Falls previously created and executive produced the NBC “Journeyman” and TNT legal dramedy “Franklin & Bash.”


Comedy Legend Jerry Lewis Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, who found early fame teaming with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later was featured solo in comedies like “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, died yesterday in his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, Lewis changed his name from Joey Lewis to Jerry Lewis to avoid confusion with comedian Joe E. Lewis and boxing champion Joe Louis. His first live TV appearance with Dean Martin was on the debut of CBS variety series “Toast of the Town” on June 20, 1948 (which was later retitled “The Ed Sullivan Show”). The duo headlined 17 films together including “My Friend Irma” (1949), “That’s My Boy” (1951), “The Caddy” (1953), “The Stooge” (1954) and “Artists and Models” (1955); and they co-hosted NBC’s “The Colgate Comedy Hour” from 1950 to 1955.

After the partnership ended on July 24, 1956, Lewis began performing regularly at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, which led to a special on NBC in 1957, performances in night clubs across the county, appearances on game show “What’s My Line?,” movies like “The Sad Sack” (1957), “The Geisha Boy” (1958) and “Don’t Give Up the Ship” (1959), and a comic book series. Following aforementioned “The Bellboy” in 1960 came theatrical comedies like “The Ladies Man” (1961), “The Errand Boy” (1961), “The Nutty Professor” (1963), ‘The Patsy” (1964) and “The Disorderly Orderly” (1964).

Lewis also headlined two self-titled primetime variety series: the first on ABC in 1963 and the second for NBC from 1967 to 1969.

Later films on Lewis’ resume included “The Family Jewels” (1965), which he also directed and co-wrote, “Boeing Being” (1965), “Three on a Couch” (1966) , “Way…Way Out” (1966), “The Big Mouth” (1967) and “Hook, Line & Sinker” (1969).

Lewis also taught a film directing class at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for a number of years, and his students included Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

After an on-screen absence of 11 years, Lewis returned to film in “Hardly Working” in 1981, followed by Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” in 1983. He also made a pair of films in France in 1984, “The Defective Detective” and “How Did You Get In? We Didn’t See You Leave,” and he failed at an attempt at a syndicated talk show for Metromedia, also in 1984, which lasted for just five episodes. Later television appearances included five episodes of CBS drama “Wiseguy” and NBC sitcom “Mad About You.”

Lewis made his Broadway debut, as a replacement cast member playing the devil in a revival of “Damn Yankees.”

Lewis , of course, was also known for his efforts as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He devoted more than a half-century to fighting the neuromuscular disease, hosting an annual Labor Day telethon — and raising nearly $2.5 billion — from 1955 until he was ousted before the 2011 telecast. Lewis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts.

Lewis also appeared in such films as “Cookie” (1989), “Arizona Dream” (1993), “Funny Bones” (1995) and “Max Rose” (2016), and he played opposite Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in The Trust” in 2016. He also performed a cameo as himself in Billy Crystal’s “Mr. Saturday Night” in 1992 and guest-starred on a 2006 episode of Law & Order: SVU.”

When Lewis was 18, he met singer Patti Palmer, and they wed 10 days later. During their marriage, which lasted from 1944 to 1982, they had five sons and adopted another child. His youngest, Joseph, became a drug addict and committed suicide in 2009 at age 45.

Lewis married his second wife, SanDee Pitnick, in 1983. They adopted a daughter, Danielle.

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon to Executive Produce: “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live”
Oscar winner Viola Davis and Julius Tennon will executive-produce “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live,” a special one-hour telecast event which will invite the public to help rethink the future of American high schools. The telecast, which will combine live musical, comedy and documentary segments to bring to life the past, present and future of the American high school system, will air live from Los Angeles on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox on Friday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

Donald and Melania Trump to Skip “The Kennedy Center Honors”
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced Saturdaymorning, after two of the honorees, legendary television writer and producer Norman Lear and dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, said they would boycott the White House reception if Trump was present.

“The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” a statement from the White House read.

Lear previously publicly said he would skip the White House reception in protest over the administration’s proposal to cut funding for the arts.

Another honoree, musician and record producer Lionel Richie, said on NBC’s “Today” show last week that he was unsure whether he would go. Also being honored are singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan and hip-hop artist and actor LL Cool J.

Historically, this will be only the fourth time in the event’s 40 years that a president will miss it. President Bill Clinton skipped in 1994 because he was headed to Budapest, Hungary, President George H.W. Bush missed 1989 because of a summit in Malta, and Jimmy Carter skipped in 1979 because of the Iran hostage crisis.

The 40th annual telecast of “The Kennedy Center Honors” will air on CBS on Sunday, December 3rd.

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Insider reviews upcoming military dramas “The Brave” on NBC and “Valor” on The CW. To listen, click here

The Daily Brief Podcast
PromaxBDA Editorial Director Paige Albiniak and Programming Insider Editor in Chief Marc Berman discuss what went down at TCA 2017. Included are the issues of diversity, reboots and the upcoming new network series that show the most promise. To listen, click here

TV Comes Out About its Closeted Portrayals of LGBTQ: Click here
ABC to Focus on “American Idol” and “Roseanne” Reboots: Click here
Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd ThingClick here
TruTV Keeps Pushing New Comedy Brand Forward: Click  here
PBS Forges Ahead Despite Threat of Federal Funding Loss: Click here


Actor Terrence J. will host the upcoming season of MTV matchmaking series,“Are You The One?, which will be set in New Orleans where they will strive to find their “perfect match” for a share in a million dollar prize. It opens onWednesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. ET.

What is your favorite Jerry Lewis movie? Click here
The New York Giants face the Cleveland Browns on preseason football on ESPN…Nat Geo debuts “When Nature Calls””CBSN: On Assignment”concludes for the season (or series) on CBS…For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, August 21, click here
Remembering Jerry Lewis

One career move Jerry Lewis always regretted was turning down one of the lead roles in a theatrical comedy that ultimately became a classic. Which film was it?

a) “The Apartment”
b) “The Great Dictator”
c) “The Odd Couple”
d) “The Pink Panther”
e) “Some Like it Hot”

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following TV characters liked to frequent a tavern called The Bigger Jigger?

a) Dan Conner
b) Vinton Harper
c) Doug Heffernan
d) Samantha Jones
e) Walter White

Is: b) Vinton Harper, who was played by Ken Berry on 1980s sitcom “Mama’s Family.”


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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.