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Thursday, September 14, 2017
“My Mother the Car,” one of the worst sitcoms in the history of television, debuted on NBC in 1965. It lasted on painful season…NBC detective drama“Ironside, starring Raymond Burr, premiered in 1967. It ran for eight seasons and was briefly revived with Blair Underwood, also on NBC, in the fall of 2013…CBS family drama “The Waltons” began its nine-season run  in 1972. Six made-for television movies followed…“Happy Days” spin-off “Mork & Mindy” opened in 1978…Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made headlines by guest starring on the third season-opener of CBS’ “Here’s Lucy”in 1970…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”) is 70; “Shark Tank’s” Robert Herjavec is 54; “The Walking Dead” star Andrew Lincoln is 44.

Did You Know?:
After  a third-place finish overall for its first season, optimistic ABC made the mistake of moving “Mork & Mindy” from the Thursday 8 p.m. half-hour toSunday at 8 p.m. in season two (opposite “Archie Bunker’s Place” on CBS). The network also foolishly moved “Laverne & Shirley” and “Fantasy Island” from their protected lead-ins (“Happy Days” and “The Love Boat”) and all three series by midseason in 1979-80 were moved back to their established time periods. Unfortunately, none of the three shows fully rebounded.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Wednesday 9/13/17
Note: Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach markets are excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.9 rating/7 share, Fox: 2.9/ 5, CBS: 2.7/ 5, ABC: 2.1/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: + 5, Fox: – 6, CBS: – 7, CW: -37, NBC: -49

-Ratings Breakdown:
The one-hour live edition of “America’s Got Talent,” which concludes for the season next Thursday, lifted NBC to Wednesday overnight victory with a 7.3 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m. ET. Competing “Big Brother” on CBS, which concludes its season next Wednesday, was consistent at a 4.0/ 7 in the 8 p.m. hour, which bested the first of two episodes of “MasterChef” on Fox (2.7/ 5) by 48 percent.

In season (or series) finale news was “Marlon” on NBC at a typical 2.5/ 4 in the9:30 p.m. half-hour (#2). The 9 p.m. version scored a 3.1/ 5. Opposite “Marlon” was the second installment of Fox’s “MasterChef” at an improved 3.1/ 5, followed by modest CBS drama “Salvation” at a 2.1/ 4.

ABC featured a Wednesday 10 p.m. edition of “20/20,” which won the hour at a 2.3/ 4 in the household overnights. Also original, and opposite it, was a midweek edition of NBC drama “Midnight, Texas” at a third-place 1.6/ 3. Everything else for the evening was in repeats.

For the complete listing for the five broadcast networks by half-hour for Wednesday, Sept. 13, click here


Over 9-Million Viewers for “American Horror Story: Cult” Season Opener
“American Horror Story: Cult,” the anthology series from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, drew 6.91 million total viewers and 4.56 million adults 18-49 for its premiere telecast on Tuesday, September 5th (from 10 PM-11:07 p.m.), based on the Live + Same Day data. Including two encore telecasts and all non-linear data currently available, “AHS: Cult” premiered to 9.01 million Total Viewers.

Comparably, the season premiere of “AHS: Cult” is now the second most-watched basic cable entertainment program of 2017 year-to-date in both total viewers and adults 18-49 – behind only “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

The premiere of “AHS: Cult” was also more time-shifted than any previous “AHS” premiere in both benchmarks.

“Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” Draws 15.7 Million Viewers
“Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief Telethon,” the live one-hour fundraiser in the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour, totaled 15.7 million viewers across ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Of the four networks, NBC drew the largest audience with 6.1 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49. The telethon was also carried live on multiple cable networks and live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Get Ready to LAUGH!

Fun for the Entire Family

Today’s Celebrity Guests:
Anthony Anderson, Dave Coulier, Jon Lovitz,
Caroline Rhea, Sherri Shepherd and Pauly Shore

Click on either image to find out where to watch


Starz Orders Original Series “Vida”
Starz has greenlit a new series called “Vida” (formerly titled “Pour Vida”), a half-hour drama focusing on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.

Veronica Osorio (The Carmichael Show,” “Girlboss”) has been cast in the role of Emma; and Melissa Barrera (“Club de Cuervos,” “La Mujer de Judas”) will play her sister, Lyn.

Tanya Saracho (“How to Get Away With Murder,” “Looking,” “Girls”) will serve as showrunner for “Vida,”with Alonso Ruizpalacios (“Gueros”) directing the first episode. Big Beach TV will produce the series with executive producers Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf and Robin Schwartz. Lionsgate will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights, including broadcast, home entertainment and digital for the series.


Netflix Renews “Atypical” for Season Two
Netflix has greenlit dark comedy “Atypical” for a second season, with an order for 10 new episodes.  Available for streaming on August 11th, “Atypical” is a coming of age story from the point-of-view of Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum searching for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives while exploring the question: what does it really mean to be “normal”?

Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as Sam’s mother, Elsa, who is on a life-changing path as her son gains more independence. Michael Rapaport plays Sam’s father, Doug, who desires to better connect with and understand his son. Brigette Lundy-Paine plays Sam’s scrappy sister, Casey, and Amy Okuda plays his therapist, Julia.

“Atypical,” from Sony Pictures Television, was created, written and executive produced by Robia Rashid (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Will & Grace”).


“Upstairs Downstairs” The Musical
Composer Stephen Endelman has acquired the rights to the iconic 1970s ITV drama “Upstairs Downstairs,” the precursor to “Downton Abbey,” and will convert it in a musical. Endelman (“De-Lovely”) nabbed the rights from co-creator John Whitney after striking up a friendship with his daughter, Fiona. In addition to Endelman, who is writing the music, the creative team will consist of other Los Angeles-based Brits including producer Adam Matalon, who is writing the book, and singer-songwriter Matt Goss, who will be the lyricist.

Hedge fund founder Reagan Silber is producing the musical, which will hold workshops in Los Angeles in November, and London in January. Other financial partners will become involved as the project develops.

“Other than technology, there’s very little difference between what is happening in the world today and what was going on then,” said Stephen Endelman of the show, which will use the classic “Upstairs Downstairs” characters to tell an original story set in 1911-12. “We’re still fighting; we still have a class system. I’m interested in exploring the genesis.”

The Ultimate U.S. “Celebrity Big Brother” Wish List
The recent announcement of the first-ever U.S. edition of “Celebrity Big Brother,” slated for a condensed run in the winter of 2018 on CBS, has led many “Big Brother” fans to ponder and suggest the stars they’d like to see in the house. For Douglas Pucci’s picks, click here

“Architects of Denial”: A Must See Validation of the Armenian Genocide
Painstakingly documenting the Armenian genocide (or what is also known as the Armenian Holocaust), documentary feature “Architects of Denial” goes in search of the sheer acknowledgement of this tragic piece of history. But admitting to these wrongdoings from yesteryear, something the mainstream media and the average American were once oblivious to, does not come without its ongoing – and surprising – present day controversy.

Executive produced by former daytime talk show host Montel Williams and actor Dean Cain, and directed by David Lee George, “Architects of Denial” tackles the organized mass murder of an estimated 1.5 million Christian citizens, most of them Armenian, by the Ottoman Empire during World War I (between 1915 and 1923), and the resistance by the Turkish government, the successor of the Ottoman Empire, and other authoritative bodies (including the United States) to admit this did indeed occur. For more, click here

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


Smithsonian Channel will debut “Make It Out Alive, a retelling of some of the world’s greatest disasters, on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET. Through dramatic recreations, rarely seen archival footage and personal survivor testimony, “Make it Out Alive” features incredible stories of survival and of the lives that were lost during these tragic, life-changing moments. The premiere episode, “Mount St. Helens,” brings viewers back to the May 18, 1980 volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens in Skamania County, Washington – the volcano’s first eruption in over a century.

Investigative series “Strange Evidence,” featuring a team of experts analyzing footage that seems to defy explanation, will debut on Science Channel on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. ET. The premiere episode examines footage taken from a convenience store in Kentucky of a customer who suddenly caught on fire.

Who are you rooting for to win on “America’s Got Talent” on NBC? Click here
ABC News airs two-hour special, “Truth & Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson”…Game shows “Beat Shazam” and “Love Connection” conclude their seasons on Fox…”Better Things” returns on FX…For the complete listing for Thursday, Sept. 14, click here
A Different Charlie Harper

We remember Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper in the first eight seasons of long-running CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” But who was the original choice for the role?

a) Paul Giamatti
b) Hugh Grant
c) Woody Harrelson
d) Kevin Spacey
e) Ben Stiller

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following classic sitcoms was first seen on anthology series “Studio 57” until the pilot episode title “It’s a Small World”?

a) “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet”
b) “The Danny Thomas Show”
c) “Dennis the Menace”
d) “Father Knows Best”
e) “Leave it to Beaver

…Is: e) “Leave it to Beaver,” which was filmed without a laugh track and featured Casey Adams as Ward Cleaver and Paul Sullivan and older son Wally. Those roles, of course, were played by Hugh Beaumont and Tony Down in the 1957 to 1963 sitcom.

Trivia All-Stars
Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Steve Ellis, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Joe Rubi