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Friday, September 9, 2016
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 10 days 
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
ABC sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter” began its four season run in 1975.  John Travolta, of course, became a huge star after “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease,” and only appeared sporadically during the final season (as did Gabe Kaplan by then).  A proposed spin-off focused on the character of Arnold Horshak (Ron Palillo) never surfaced, nor did a rumored revival in later years featuring Palillo and Robert Hegyes (Epstein)…”Friends” spin-off “Joey”debuted on NBC in 2004.  It aired for two seasons…Celebrity Birthdays: Former “The Dukes of Hazzard” star Tom Wopat is 65; Actor Hugh Grant is 56; “Switched at Birth” star Constance Marie is 51; Adam Sandler turns the big 50; Model Rachel Hunter is 47; “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet is 45; Singer Michael Buble is 41; Actress Michelle Williams is 36.

Did You Know?:
Classic film star Gloria Swanson auditioned for the role of the school principal on “Welcome Back, Kotter,” but the character was changed to a male and became Mr. Woodman.

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

Thursday 9/08/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 14.6/25, CBS: 3.2/ 5, ABC: 2.6/ 4, Fox: 1.5/ 2, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
ABC: +18, Fox: + 7, CW: no change, NBC: -10, CBS: -16     

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Meryl Street and J.J. Abrams Team Up for “The Nix”
Warner Bros. Television has reportedly closed a deal for J.J. Abrams to direct and produce a limited series television adaptation of Nathan Hill‘s multi-generational story “The Nix” headlined by three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep.  The novel follows a woman who gets national media attention for throwing rocks at a conservative governor on the presidential campaign trail and her estranged son who uses her sudden controversial fame to advance his career by smearing her profile.  Streep is also going to produce with J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner, while Abrams will likely direct some of the episodes.  There is no word at present what outlet will be airing “The Nix,” which is expected at some point in 2017.

Streep is predicted to snag her 20th Oscar nomination for current “Florence Foster Jenkins,” while Abrams is coming off “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and he is an executive producer on the “Westworld” series for HBO.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

TNT Renews “The Last Ship” for Season Five
TNT has picked-up drama “The Last Ship” for a fifth season prior to beginning season four.  Debuting on June 22, 2014 and based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley, “The Last Ship” follows the fictional USS Nathan James and its attempts to find a cure, stop the virus and save humanity after a global virus wipes out over 80 percent of the world’s population.  Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating tragedy. Now, CNO Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.

Ten new episodes of “The Last Ship” have been ordered in addition to the 10 for season four, which is expected to air in 2017.  The series is produced by Turner’s Studio T in association with Platinum Dunes, whose partners – filmmaker Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form – serve as executive producers. Co-creators Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane also serve as executive producers, along with director Paul Holahan. Kane will serve as showrunner, having previously served alongside Steinberg for the first three seasons.

NOTES OF INTEREST

NBC News Commander-in-Chief Forum Seen by 14.7 Million Viewers
The NBC News Commander-in-Chief Forum on Wednesday drew a total of 14.7 million viewers, more than any broadcast network primary debate of this election cycle.

According to Nielsen Fast National data, the one-hour program averaged 4.0 million adults 25-54 viewers (3.3 rating) and 3.0 million adult 18-49 viewers (2.4 rating) on the NBC and MSNBC simulcast. The total forum rating represents the NBC primetime airing (8 p.m. ET), the 5 p.m. PT live airing on a selection of West Coast NBC affiliates, and the 8 p.m. ET MSNBC live airing.

This first joint event of the general election featuring presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, moderated by Matt Lauer, finished first in network primetime on Wednesday i n total viewers and all key demos.   Of the total forum audience, over 3.43 million viewers watched live on MSNBC, including 856,000 adults 25-54.  How do you think Matt did as moderator?  Chime in by clicking here

HGTV to Launch in Poland in January
Scripps Networks has announced the upcoming launch of cable network HGTV in Poland. In January 2017, HGTV will be added to the channel portfolio of TVN, the Polish media company wholly owned by Scripps Networks.  “We’re confident the people of Poland will love the inspirational and aspirational offerings of HGTV that have made it such an entertainment powerhouse in America,” said Jim Samples, President of International for Scripps Networks Interactive. “HGTV is sure to be another crowning jewel in TVN’s already stellar line-up of informational and lifestyle channels.”

BUZZR Expands in Canada Exclusively on Yes TV
BUZZR is heading north and expanding to the Canadian market exclusively on YES TV, through a deal which was brokered by FremantleMedia International (FMI).  In a new agreement with the Canadian network, BUZZR will provide a three-hour weekly programming block that will air Monday through Friday from 1 a.m. – 4 a.m. beginning this Monday.  Branded “BUZZR After Hours,” this new partnership makes BUZZR the first U.S. digital multicast network to enter the Canadian market.

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

OPINION

NBCUniversal’s “Harry”: A Late Night Party in the Middle of the Day
From PromaxBDA: This fall’s only new nationally distributed show in syndication is NBCUniversal’s “Harry,” starring Harry Connick Jr., and NBC is marketing it as a “late-night party in the daytime.”

“Harry has been an entertainer for most of his life, so to describe this hour as traditional talk would be a disservice to who he is and what he brings to daytime,” said Betsy Bergman, SVP, marketing and brand strategy, television and new media distribution, NBCUniversal. “He describes the show as a late-night party in the middle of the day, and our goal is to present this hour tailored to the genre Harry is accustomed to — pure entertainment.”

“Whether it’s music or comedy or celebrities or cooking, Harry brings that element of entertainment and comedy and spontaneity. That is just who Harry is,” added Bergman. “There is a mixture of everything; it will not be formulaic. And the plan is to offer something viewers have never seen before in daytime.”

For more, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Audrie & Daisy,” real-life dramatic film that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual crimes against them have been caught on camera, will debut on Netflix and in select theaters on September 23.  From filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (“The Island President,” “The Rape of Europa”), “Audrie & Daisy” takes a hard look at America’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying.

We tv will introduce docuseries “My Life is a Telenovela” on Friday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET.  Set in Miami, the eight -episode, one-hour series follows a group of beautiful, talented and hard-working Hispanic actresses and actors working in the hyper-competitive world of Telenovelas.

Upcoming HBO comedy “Insecure” will launch its eight-episode first season on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 p.m. ET.  Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, “Insecure,” starring Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji, explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way.  The scoop: Over the course of the season, Issa attempts to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey. Molly, a corporate attorney who appears to have everything together professionally, struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life.

PI POLLS
1. What grade would you give Matt Lauer as moderator for the NBC News Commander-in-Chief forum with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Wednesday?  Click here
2. Who are you rooting for to win “America’s Got Talent” this season?  Clickhere
3. Who is your pick to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series?  Click here
4. Who is your pick to win the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama 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
Annual fundraiser “Stand Up to Cancer” airs in the 8 p.m. hour on the Big 4 nets plus several cable outlets.  Amazon debuts dark comedy “One Mississippi,” based on the life of comedian Tig Notaro.  Cinemax premieres 1970s-set drama “Quarry.”  For the complete primetime schedule for Friday, September 9, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Supporting Carol

Remember Larry Bondurant, Carol’s (Marcia Wallace) husband on 1972-78 CBS sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show”?  What was his occupation?

a) Accountant
b) Dentist
c) Insurance salesman
d) Pharmacist
e) Travel agent

This weekend, 84 episodes of “The Bob Newhart Show” will be featured on theDecades binge.

The answer to yesterday’s question…

If this was a fall evening in 2006, which one of the following five series would not have been airing on Thursday?

a) “CSI”
b) “Grey’s Anatomy”
c) “Lost”
d) “Survivor”
e) “Ugly Betty”

Is…c) “Lost,” which at that time was scheduled in the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour.

Trivia All-Stars
Michelle Bauer, Gerry Bixenspan, Elvis Bussard, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Jim Forkan, Suzy Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Debra Kainer, Rosemarie Kelly, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, David Ruckman, Anthony Salerno, Tiffany Williams

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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.