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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
There were nine notable series premieres: “Lassie” on CBS in 1954; NBC western “Bonanza” in 1959; sitcoms “Family Affair” on CBS and “The Monkees” on NBC in 1966; animated “Josie & the Pussycats” on Saturdaymorning on CBS in 1970; “All in the Family” spin-off “Maude” on CBS in 1972; ABC family drama “Life Goes On” in 1989; ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” in 1993; and Fox’s “Party of Five” in 1994. At 17 seasons on CBS (and three additional in first-run syndication from 1971-74), this first edition of “Lassie” had the longest run. But “Bonanza” at 13 and one-half seasons was not far behind…Celebrity Birthdays: Comedian Louis CKis 50; “Gotham” star Benjamin McKenzie is 39; Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is 36.

Did You Know?:
“Bonanza” was the top-rated show in all of primetime from 1964 to 1967.  It finished nine of its 14 seasons ranked in the Top 5…”Maude” was an immediate hit, ranking fourth overall in its first season (behind “All in the Family, “Sanford and Son” and the original “Hawaii Five-O”).

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Note: Due to Hurricane Irma, the metered market (overnight) household results for Monday, Sept. 11 are not available.

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Monday 9/04/17: Click here
-Tuesday 9/05/17: Click here
-Wednesday 9/06/17: Click here
-Thursday 9/07/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Debuting This Week in Syndication
America’s COMEDY Game Show!
Today’s Celebrity Guests:
Howie Mandel, Sheryl Underwood, Natasha Leggero,
Tom Arnold and Louie Anderson 

Click on any image to find out where to watch

CBS to Develop Media Drama From Dr. Mehmet Oz
CBS has put into development an untitled drama, described as a hybrid of medicine and spirituality, based on Dr. Harley Rotbart’s book “Miracles We Have Seen: America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget.” The proposed series is  from Joby Harold & Tory Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures; daytime talk show Dr Mehmet Oz and his wife, producer Lisa Oz; Sony Pictures Television Studios; and CBS Television Studios.

Written by Grant Thompson (“McFarland, USA”), the drama will follow two surgeons, one who is grounded in hard data, and the other who pursues a dual mission of faith and science.

Vice and CBS Interactive Team Up for Tech Series “Dear Future”
Vice Media’s Motherboard and CBS Interactive’s CNET will be jointly producing “Dear Future,” a series focusing on technology topics incuding space travel, the ethics of genome editing, internet freedom, the future of virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence and the future of transportation. “Dear Future” will run on both CBSI’s CNET and Vice’s Motherboard tech sites, as well as their respective mobile and social platforms — designed to incorporate CNET’s reach with Motherboard’s established tech presence

“As the world’s number one consumer tech media brand, our global audience looks to us to discover the unique stories that demonstrate how today’s technology will inform our future,” said Mark Larkin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CNet. “This partnership enables us to combine the editorial expertise of CNET and Motherboard to produce new and unique content that showcases the possible.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Netflix Acquires “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond” Documentary
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,”director Chris Smith’s deep dive into actor Jim Carrey’s time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman. Using approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set of “Man on the Moon” documenting Carrey’s transformation into Kaufman for four months. The VICE Documentary Films production premiered at the 2017 Venice Film Festival and is produced by Spike Jonze, and VICE Films’ Danny Gabai and Brendan Fitzgerald.

The logline: In 1999 Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to play cult comedian Andy Kaufman in his biopic “Man on the Moon.” What followed was a bizarre and emotional film production. Surrounded by Kaufman’s friends and family on set, Carrey thoroughly “became” Andy and, alternately, Tony Clifton, Kaufman’s obnoxious lounge singer alter ego. Much like Kaufman’s comedy, Carrey’s acting took on a performance art quality during the film. He never broke character on set, the cast and the crew referred to him as either ‘Andy’ or ‘Tony’ depending on who he was embodying (he had created complete and separate identities for each).

Jim Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance.


Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. and CBS Announce Affiliation Agreement Renewals
CBS Corporation and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. have announced a multi-year deal that renews three station affiliation agreements that were set to expire at the end of 2018. Additionally, CBS also renewed an affiliation that was set to expire at the end of 2018 with a station that Sinclair provides sales and other services to under a joint sales agreement. The owned stations are KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, KGBT in Harlingen, Texas and WGME in Portland, Maine, and the station to which Sinclair provides services is WTVH in Syracuse, N.Y. The four agreements have been renewed to be co-terminus with the four CBS affiliations which were renewed earlier this year. The four renewed markets serve approximately 1.5 million households.

Announcing “On Your Mark,” a Documentary and Live Event Tour on Marc Summers
Comedian and game show host Marc Summers, the face behind Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare” and “What Would You Do?” and Food Network’s “Unwrapped” is the subject of a feature length documentary and tour called “On Your Marc,” which focuses on his life, career and TV legacy. Summers will present the film in person, coupled with an array of singular events, during a coast-to-coast preview screening tour revolving around the 31st anniversary of “Double Dare” next month.

Reflecting on his career, the “On Your Marc” tour will showcase an array of live events in each city, including performances by local bands, Q&As with special guests, celebrity hosts, and interactive “Double Dare” type games .

The scoop: In “In On Your Marc,” the Indiana native looks back on his ups and downs, as he powers through the nerve-racking production and opening night of “Everything In Its Place: The Life & Slimes of Marc Summers,” his one-man show, co-written by Broadway stars Alex Brightman (Tony-nominated lead in “School of Rock: The Musical”) and composer Drew Gasparini. For more information on the documentary and the tour, click here

Casting News
Jane Seymour (“Wedding Crashers,” “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) has been cast in upcoming original Pop sitcom “Let’s Get Physical,” as Janet Force, the mother of the series protagonist, Joe (Matt Jones). Janet is a former Miss Texas Beauty Pageant winner who is obsessed with maintaining the family fitness legacy and anti-aging remedies. Created by Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark and Connor Pritchard, “Let’s Get Physical” centers on slacker Joe Force who makes a reluctant comeback in the fitness industry after his dad, Colonel Tom Force, a.k.a. “The Godfather of Aerobics,” unexpectedly passes away and wills his son the broken-down family gym. Eight episodes have been ordered.

The Best and Worst TV Programs of Summer 2017
With 17 days until the official start of the new TV season on Sept. 25th, let’s take a look back at the best—and the worst—shows of the summer. Click here

TV Tuesday Podcast
The Programming Insider’s Douglas Pucci handicaps the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards. To listen, click here


ESPN Sideline Reporter Sergio Dipp Achieves “Monday Night Football” Infamy
Entering the late night NFL match-up of the Los Angeles Chargers versus the Denver Broncos on last night’s edition of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” Beth Mowins — the first female play-by-play announcer on an NFL game since 1987 — was supposed to be the top star of the broadcast.

But a new personality unexpectedly emerged on the night — Sergio Dipp, a regular on Spanish-language NFL telecasts on the international outlet ESPN Latin America, offered an awkwardly non-descript sideline report stating he was “on the field, from up-close just watching” new Broncos head coach Vance Joseph. For a look, click here


“Alaska: The Last Frontier,” following the lives of the Kilcher family deep in the Aslaskan wilderness, will open its new season on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery Channel. The logline: Singer/songwriter Jewel returns to the homestead and gets her hands dirty – felling trees and wrangling cattle with her father and brother. The Kilchers will face life-changing challenges that test family relationships while forcing them to think on their feet and test their limits.

“Andi Mack,” starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie and Asher Angel, will return on Disney Channel with a one-hour episode on Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. ET. The cast will also be featured in the music video for the “Andi Mack” theme song “Tomorrow Starts Today,” beginning one week earlier on Friday, Oct. 20 on Disney Channel and DisneyMusicVEVO. The song is performed by Hollywood Records artist Sabrina Carpenter and will also be released as a single on October 20.

New USA drama “Damnation,” an epic saga about the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, will premiere on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The series stars Killian Scott (“71”) as a rabble rouser masquerading as a small town preacher who hopes to start an insurrection against the status quo. Unbeknownst to him, one tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker (Logan Marshall-Green) to stop the uprising. Little do they know, they two men share a secret past.

Which drama do you think is worthy of the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series? Click here
ABC, BET, Bloomberg, Bravo, CBS, CMT, E!, Fox, HBO, MTV, MTV2, NBC and Oxygen air “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” in the 8 p.m.hour…Season premieres: “The Mindy Project” on Hulu, “Inside the NFL” on Showtime, “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA…Season finales: “Forged in Fire”on History, “The Haves and the Have Nots” on OWN, “Top of the Lake” on Sundance, “Big Freedia Bounces Back” on Fuse, “Iron Resurrection” on Velocity, “Manhunt” on Discovery, “Rattled” on TLC… For the complete listing for Tuesday, Sept. 12, click here