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Monday, September 12, 2016
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 7 days 
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Series launches: “Lassie” on CBS in 1954; NBC western “Bonanza” in 1959; sitcoms “Family Affair” on CBS and “The Monkees” on NBC in 1966; CBS’ animated “Josie & the Pussycats” on Saturday morning 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.  “Bonanza” at 13 and one-half seasons, however, was not far behind…Celebrity Birthdays: Comedian Louis CK is 49; “Gotham” star Benjamin McKenzie is 38; Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is 35.

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.

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

Sunday 9/11/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 11.0/18, Fox: 6.6/11, ABC: 3.8/ 6, CBS: 3.4/ 6

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +408, ABC: + 3, NBC: -15, CBS: -44

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here

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Fast Affiliate Results
-Friday 9/09/16: Click here
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Live + Same Day 
-Monday 9/05/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Hulu Orders “Future Man” to Series
Hulu has given a 13-episode order to comedy “Future Man” from Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, which features Josh Hutcherson as a janitor with a passion for gaming who becomes Earth’s last hope for survival after “mysterious visitors” travel through time to recruit him for a fight to stop human extinction. In one way or another, it seems Hutcherson (who is also producing) is determined to keep fighting for his life for the enjoyment of audiences. “Future Man” also stars Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Ed Begley Jr., and Glenne Headly, and is expected to debut in 2017.

The comedy project comes to Hulu from Sony Pictures Television, Seth Rogen‘s Point Grey Pictures and Matt Tolmach Productions.

Netflix Acquires Global Rights to Jonathan Demme’s “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids”
Netflix has acquired global rights to the performance film, “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids,” which will be available for streaming on Oct. 12 and have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.  Directed by Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “Neil Young: Heart of Gold”) and produced by Gary Goetzman (“Olive Kitteridge,” “Mamma Mia!”), the Netflix Original Film showcases the entertainer’s final date of his 20/20 Experience World Tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Surrounded by the 25 band members of The Tennessee Kids and featuring performances from one of the highest-grossing tours of the decade, the film is a culmination of the singer’s 134 shows and 2 years on the road.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Fox Renews “Hell’s Kitchen” for Two More Editions
Fox has ordered 17th and 18th seasons of Gordon Ramsay culinary competition series, “Hell’s Kitchen,” taking it through 2018.  The nationwide open casting calls begin today in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. The search will continue in Chicago and Dallas on Friday, Sept. 16.   For additional casting information, including forms and eligibility requirements,  click here

The upcoming 16th edition of “Hell’s Kitchen” premieres Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, when 18 new chefs go head-to-head to impress Ramsay with their skills in hopes of winning a grand prize that includes a Head Chef position at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian Las Vegas.

“Hell’s Kitchen” is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers.

ABC Cancels “Mistresses”
ABC has opted against a fifth season of scripted summer drama “Mistresses.”  Based on a U.K. series of the same name, the now series-finale on Sept. 6 averaged only 2.57 million viewers and a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49.  By comparison, the show debuted in June 2013 to 4.4 million viewers and a 1.2 in the demo.

“Mistresses,” which produced 52 episodes in totally, initially followed the lives of entrepreneur and widowed mom April (Rochelle Aytes), married lawyer Savi (Aylussa Milano), high end real estate agent turned PR guru Joss (Jes Macallan) and psychiatrist turned writer Karen (Yunjin Kim). Milano departed after two seasons and Jennifer Esposito joined the cast for season three.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Share Emmy Victory
As a precursor to the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast next Sunday, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won nine Creative Arts Emmy Awards, while “The People v. O.J. Simpson” on FX took home four trophies.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made history with their shared win in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category for “Saturday Night Live,” while Peter Scolari, a late addition to the ballot after original nominee Peter MacNicol was disqualified for appearing in more than half of the season’s worth of episodes for HBO’s “Veep,” picked up the Guest Comedy Actor trophy.

Hank Azaria and Margo Martindale won for their guest spots in drama for “Ray Donovan” and “The Americans,” respectively.  The second part of the Creative Arts Emmys continues on Sunday. An edited presentation of it will on FXX on Saturday, Sept. 17.

For the complete listing of winners, click here

NBA Kick-Off Game Reaches Over 25-Million Viewers
NBC is reporting 25.4 million viewers in total for the Denver Broncos’ 21-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers in a Super Bowl 50 rematch on NBC on Thursday.  This was across NBC and NBC Sports Digital platforms – marking the fourth consecutive year that NBC Sports’ presentation of the “NFL Kickoff” game topped 25 million viewers, according to Fast National data released by Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

The NBC-only broadcast of Panthers-Broncos averaged 25.2 million viewers. The average minute audience for Thursday’s live stream via the NBC Sports app, NBCSports.com, NBC.com ‘TV Everywhere,’ and NFL Mobile from Verizon was 278,000 viewers.

The PI in The NY Post
“Daily Show” audience slipping with Noah as host,” by Richard Johnson.  Clickhere

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Harry,” the daytime entertainment hour from NBCUniversal hosted by Harry Connick, Jr. premieres in daytime syndication.  Check your local listings for airtimes.  For more on “Harry” at PromaxBDA, click here

PI POLLS
1. What upcoming new network drama are you most interested in watching this fall?  Click here
2. Who are you rooting for on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”  Click here
3. 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
4. Who are you rooting for to win “America’s Got Talent” this season?  Clickhere
5. Who is your pick to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Dancing With the Stars” returns on ABC.  NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” and “Running Wild with Bear Grylls;” ABC’s “$100,000 Pyramid;” and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” conclude for the season.   For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, September 12, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
A TV Lothario

Which TV character once referred to himself as “The Casanova of Clinton Avenue”?

a) Greg Brady
b) Al Bundy
c) Todd DiLaMuca
d) Tony Soprano
e) Johnny Venture

The answer to Friday’s question…

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

Is…e) Travel agent.  Carol got married to Larry (Will McKenzie) after knowing him for less than one day on the Oct. 18, 1975 episode of “The Bob Newhart Show.”

Trivia All-Stars
Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Audrey Davis, Steve Ellis, Jim Forkan, Bob Ingersoll, Debra Kainer, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Eddie Solack