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Friday, September 15, 2017
Four series of note debuted: Western “The Lone Ranger” on ABC in 1949;“Lost in Space” and “Green Acres, both on CBS in 1965; and NBC’s “L.A. Law” in 1986. A new version of “Lost in Space” will debut on Netflix in 2018, with an order for 10 episodes…Peter Falk made his first appearance as Lt. Columbo in 1971 on the “NBC Sunday Mystery Movie”…Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) discovered never-before-seen hubby Lars was having an affair on CBS’ “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1973, which featured the introduction of Betty White as “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens…Celebrity Birthdays:  Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones is 71; director Oliver Stone is also 71; Reality star Lisa Vanderpump is 57; England’s Prince Harry is 33.

Did You Know?:
“Green Acres, starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, was not a spin-off from “Petticoat Junction.” Although both CBS sitcoms were set in fictional Hooterville and featured crossover appearances, the characters of Oliver and Lisa Douglas were introduced on “Green Acres.”

The Great Escape – COMEDY Style

For Every Question There is a Funny Answer

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

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 9/14/17
Note: Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach are excluded from the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.4/ 6, CBS: 3.1/ 6, NBC: 2.6/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +55, CW: +50, NBC: +30, Fox: +20, CBS: -62

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC scored a rare Thursday household overnight victory as a result of two-hour ABC News special,  “Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson,” which scored a 3.3 rating/6 share from 9-11 p.m.

Top-rated for the evening among the original entries was CBS’ “Big Brother” (#1: 3.9/ 7 at 9 p.m.), aka “The Paul Show,” which is down to the expected three houseguests. If Paul faces Christmas in the final two, his scheming and lies might cost him the game. And, if he faces Josh, he will likely win with ease. Another edition of “Big Brother” airs this evening at 8 p.m., with the two-hour season-ender next Wednesday. Note to Allison Grodner: please use the extra half-hour in the finale to also include those early players who did not get to the jury. I am sure Jessica and Dominique have plenty to say. And note to entire crew on “Big Brother”: it was yet another addictive season!

In season-finale news were Fox game shows “Beat Shazam” (#4: 1.8/ 3) and “Love Connection” (#4: 1.7/ 3), which were at typical overnight household levels. Also original was CBS drama “Zoo” (#3: 1.6/ 3 at 10 p.m.), which is not expected to see a fourth season, and The CW’s combination of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and the 9 p.m. half-hour portion of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: 0.8/ 1).

For the complete listing for the five broadcast networks by half-hour for Thursday, Sept. 14, click here
Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of Sept. 4, 2017
What follows is the Live Plus Same Day rating results for the holiday week of Sept. 4 for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW (with change versus the year-ago period in parentheses). NFL Football on NBC Thursday gave the network a huge advantage.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 10.51 million (- 5), CBS: 4.57 (+ 8), Fox: 4.37 (+11), ABC: 4.16 (- 7), CW: 950,000 (-13)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 3.2 rating/12 share (- 3), Fox: 1.4/ 5 (+ 8), ABC: 1.1 4 (no change), CBS: 0.8/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 3.8/12 (- 5), Fox: 1.7/ 5 (+13), ABC: 1.3/ 4 (- 7), CBS: 1.1/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.3/ 1 (-25)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 2.4/12 (-11), Fox: 1.1/ 5 (+10), ABC: 0.8/ 4 (no change), CBS: 0.5/ 2 (no change). CW: 0.2/ 1 (no change)
Source: Nielsen Media Research


Showtime Greenlights Jim Carrey Comedy “Kidding”
Showtime has announced the pick-up of new half-hour comedy series called “Kidding,” starring Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show”) in his first series regular role in more than two decades and reuniting him with Oscar winner Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), who will direct the project.

In “Kidding,” Carrey plays Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

Ten episodes of “Kidding” have been ordered.

History Orders Drama “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton”
History has picked-up a six-episode scripted drama series called “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton,” based on Peter Baker’s New York Times bestseller. Described as a political thriller, “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton” is described as an intimate depiction of how one of the nation’s biggest political scandals unfolded – from the revelation that President Clinton was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, through the political combat that saw Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Prosecutor Ken Starr, Congressman Bob Livingston and many others dominating the national headlines. “

For the first time, viewers will be taken inside Republican and Democrat war rooms, revealing the infighting among the President’s advisors, the secret back-channel negotiations between the White House and Congress, Tom DeLay’s strategy to force President Clinton out of office, and the Democrats’ pressure for Clinton to resign. The aftershocks of this scandal still reverberate through the government and the world to this day.

The series will be executive produced and directed by R.J. Cutler and is from FremantleMedia North America in association with A+E Studios. Casting is currently underway.

YouTube Announces New Non-Scripted Series “Training Days”
YouTube  has greenlit a comedy themed non-scripted series from Fulwell 73 tentatively titled “Training Days” that celebrates football (soccer) and its biggest stars off the field, relaxed and having a laugh. “Training Days” will be executive produced by James Corden, Ben Winston, Gabe Turner and Leo Pearlman. Turner will also serve as both director and showrunner.

The 10-week series will debut exclusively on YouTube to fans around the world in the spring of 2018. This will be the first advertising-supported original series born out of Europe as well! For more information, click here


Trevor Noah to Host Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” Until 2022
Comedy Central has extended Trevor Noah’s contract by five years, taking him to 2022 as host of late night’s “The Daily Show.” Noah inherited the hosting chair in September 2015 when he took over for Jon Stewart. Under the terms of the deal, Noah will stay on as host, writer and executive producer of “The Daily Show” and will produce and host annual year-end specials, starting this year.

WBNX-TV / Cleveland
Wednesday, Sept. 13

#1 at 10:30 p.m. in Men 18-34
+42% Over Lead-In
Source: Nielsen overnight, Live+SD, 9/13/17

Cleveland Indians Set New MLB Record of 22 Consecutive Wins
From Aug. 24 thru Sept. 13, the Cleveland Indians had dominated their opposition during their extraordinary 21-game winning streak. Yesterday, the Kansas City Royals were one strike away from snapping that streak in Cleveland. But the Indians’ star young shortstop Francisco Lindor tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning, leading to victory. For a look, click here


“Sopranos” Actor Frank Vincent Dies at 80
Frank Vincent, a veteran character actor remembered for his role as mobster Phil Leotardo on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” died on Wednesday at age 80. No cause of death was given.

Born Frank Vincent Gattuso Jr. on April 15, 1937 in North Adams, Massachusetts and raised in Jersey City, Vincent started as a musician, playing drums for such acts as Paul Anka and Del Shannon. He was spotted by Martin Scorsese and cast in “Raging Bull” after making his film debut in the 1976 movie “The Death Collector,” which featured another Scorsese regular, Joe Pesci. Over the years he guest starred in numerous TV series, including “Civil Wars,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Law & Order” and “NYPD Blue.” In 2006, Vincent wrote the nonfiction book “A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man.”

He is survived by his wife Katherine; daughters Debra and Maria; son Anthony; two grandchildren; and three siblings.

NAMIC Names Katrina M. Adams the 2017 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award Recipient
The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) announced Katrina M. Adams, the first African-American and youngest Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), as the recipient of the 2017 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award. Adams will be honored, along with the previously announced 2017 Next Generation Leaders and Luminaries, at the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference during the NAMIC Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 11:45 a.m. ET at the New York Marriott Marquis.

“Katrina M. Adams’ personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as head of the USTA and executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis & Education program is an inspiration to us all,” said NAMIC President and CEO Eglon E. Simons. “In addition, her trailblazing work advancing the concerns of people of color – in the sports and entertainment industries – makes her the quintessential Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award honoree.”

NAMIC’s Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award was established in 1992 to commemorate anti-poverty activist George Thomas “Mickey” Leland, an eponymous Texas Congressman and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, for his lifelong advocacy for social justice and equality for people around the world.

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


2017 College Football Week 3 TV and Broadcast Schedule
In prime time tomorrow, two of ACC’s premiere teams, the defending national champions Clemson Tigers and the Louisville Cardinals (that featured last year’s Heisman Trophy award-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson) face off on ABC’s “Saturday Night Football”. Airing directly opposite that game on Fox is the Texas Longhorns at the USC Trojans, which is the first time these two teams have met since their classic national championship at the Rose Bowl in Jan. 2006 (which featured Texas’ Vince Young, USC’s Reggie Bush and USC’s Matt Leinart).

For the  week 3 college football regular season schedule featuring the Top 25 teams (according to the weekly Associated Press poll), including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers click here

2017 NFL Week 2 TV and Broadcast Schedule 
The marquee match-up of Week 2 of the 2017 National Football League regular season is a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game when the Green Bay Packers visit the Atlanta Falcons on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”. Atlanta had soundly defeated Green Bay 44-21 on Jan. 22 at the old Georgia Dome. OnSept. 17, the two teams will play in Atlanta’s new home, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium that has a retractable roof.

For the complete Week 2 NFL regular season schedule, including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers, click here


“The Jellies,” a quarter-hour animated series created that follows a family of jellyfish, including their 16-year-old human son, Cornell. When Cornell learns that he was adopted at birth, will launch on Adult Swim on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 12:15 a.m. ET. .

Big Brother Top 3 – Who do you want to win? Click here
CBS airs the “11th Annual ACM Honors” out of a Friday edition of “Big Brother”…Netflix debuts “American Vandal”…Season premieres: “Project mc2” and “Veggietales” on Netflix; “Tackle My Ride” and “A Football Life” on NFLN; and “Kindred Spirits” on TLC…For the complete listing for Friday, Sept. 14, click here


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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.