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Thursday, May 10, 2018
ON THIS DAY
ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” concluded in 1983 after seven-and-one-half seasons. Since Cindy Williams exited just two episodes into the final season, the title should have been changed to “Laverne & No Shirley”…Made-for television movie “Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle,” starring Raymond Burr, aired on NBC in 1994…Celebrity Birthdays: rock singer Bono is 58; “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson is 40; reality star Da’Vonne Rogers (“Big Brother”) is 30; “Glee” star Lauren Potter is 28.

-Did You Know?:
After ABC sitcom “The Odd Couple,” also from Garry Marshall, ceased production in 1975, the apartment set on that show was modified to become Laverne and Shirley’s residence.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Wednesday 5/09/18

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 4.6/ 8, NBC: 4.2/ 7, CBS: 3.2/ 5, Fox: 2.6/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +18, NBC: – 6, ABC: – 9, CW: -10, CBS: -16

-Ratings Breakdown:
Veteran “Survivor” on CBS topped the Wednesday household overnights, as usual, with a healthy 4.9 rating/9 share. Comparably, that bested competing “Empire” on Fox (#2: 3.9/ 7) by 26 percent, but the variation in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demos) will be much closer.

Also in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour NBC’s “The Blacklist” (#3: 3.5/ 6), which is expected back for a sixth season, ABC comedies “The Goldbergs” (#4: 3.3/ 6) and waiting-to-be axed “Alex, Inc.” (#4: 2.2/ 4), and CW social media magnet “Riverdale” (#5: 0.8/ 2).

For the remainder of the analysis and the half-hour breakdown for Wednesday, May 9, click here

Live+Same Day data
-Monday 5/07/18: Click here
-Tuesday 5/08/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

CBS Orders Two New Multi-Camera Sitcoms for 2018-19
CBS, which could have two protected time periods next season if it moves “Young Sheldon” into the Thursday 9 p.m. half-hour, has ordered two new comedies for next season: “Welcome to the Neighborhood” and an untitled Ben Winston project.

“Welcome to the Neighborhood” features Cedric the Entertainer as the the nicest guy in the Midwest who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness. The cast includes Dreama Walker, Josh Lawson, Marcel Spears, Sheaun McKinney and Tichina Arnold. And the untitled Ben Winston project focuses on a young married couple whose life becomes more complicated after a young musician moves into their spare bedroom and brings with him the complications of being an up-and-coming mega pop star. The series features Amber Stevens, Chris Parnell, Felix Mallard and Damon Wayans, Jr.

Fox Adds “The Cool Kids” and “Proven Innocent” to the New Series Roster
Fox, which announces its programming plans for next season on Mondayafternoon, has confirmed new sitcom “The Cool Kids” and new drama “Proven Innocent.” In “Cool Kids,” three male friends in a retirement community (Martin Mull, David Alan Grier and Leslie Jordan) are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by the newest member of the community, a female rebel (Vicki Lawrence) whose ready to challenge their place – it’s high school with 70 somethings. It comes from 20th Century Fox Television in association with FX Productions.

“Proven Innocent,” from Danny Strong Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television, is a legal drama set in an wrongful conviction firm. The logline: Led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer (Rachel Lefevre) with a hunger for justice, the team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were ‘proven’ guilty. Our lead’s motivation comes from her infamous past; as a young adult she was found guilty and later exonerated in a high-profile case in which she became a tabloid sensation, household name and national celebrity. While a hero and a victim to some, her bold and bullish tactics garner her some enemies – one of whom will do anything to see her go down for a crime we know she did not commit. The cast includes Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James, Vincent Kartheiser, Riley Smith and Clare O’Connor.

PBS Announces Documentary Series “Breaking Big”
PBS and OZY Media have confirmed that the third primetime television show from OZY Media, “Breaking Big,” will premiere Friday, June 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET.  The 12-episode documentary series explores the unexpected journey to success of some of the world’s most influential artists, innovators, political leaders, athletes, authors and entrepreneurs.

Hosted by Carlos Watson, the Emmy Award-winning journalist and co-founder and CEO of OZY.com, “Breaking Big” explores the twists and turns on the road to thriving careers for some notable figures in various fields. The series of 30-minute documentary films traces the unusual paths followed by 12 talented men and women – from country music superstar Jason Aldean and former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson to Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels and chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang – who overcame nearly insurmountable obstacles and long odds to reach and re-imagine their own potential and, ultimately, to break big.

The series will include analysis from eminent social scientists, marketing experts, film critics, book editors and others to help viewers understand the risk-taking and bold moves these journeys require. The series kicks of with comedian and late night host Trevor Noah as the first guest and subject. For a clip, click here

truTV Orders Comedy “Tacoma PD”
Cable net truTV has greenlit 10 half-hour episodes of a scripted comedy called
“Tacoma PD” (working title), featuring “Super Troopers 2” co-creators and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme. Set in a firehouse, leading the fire house crew are Chief Terry McConky (Heffernan) and Captain Eddie Penisi (Lemme). The series, which will go into production later this year and will debut in 2019, is co-created and executive produced by Heffernan and Lemme alongside David Miner and Greg Walter from 3 Arts Entertainment and Kyle Clark from Silverscreen Pictures.

In development at truTV are a Untitled Ken Jeong Project and “This Functional Family.” The Ken Jeong (“Dr. Ken”) project a proposed half-hour, comedic non-scripted medical advice show with Jeong dispensing his expertise while also performing related comedy bits in front of a studio audience. Created by Jeong, the series is produced by Hazy Mills Productions and Mission Control Media, with Jeong, Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Brett Carducciserving as executive producers.

“This Functional Family,” meanwhile, is an animated comedy based on Jo Koy’s stand-up tour about a guy who just wants to be a good son, a better dad, a decent brother, and a solid ex-husband. Drawing upon Koy’s real-life experiences and characters featured in Koy’s popular stand-up tour.

FX Acquires The New York Times Series “The Weekly”
FX has landed the first-run North American rights to The New York Times series “The Weekly,” in partnership with Hulu, which will be the exclusive SVOD streaming home to new episodes of the series the day after air. In addition to the FX linear telecast and Hulu, episodes will also be available on FX’s VOD services, FXNOW (with commercials) and FX+ (commercial-free) to authenticated subscribers.

Marking FX’s first entry in the ongoing weekly news genre, “The Weekly” will be a narrative documentary news program that includes one or two of The Times’s biggest and most important visual stories each week. The logline: Viewers will be with those stories and the reporters as the show brings them to life. Much as The Daily podcast has taken a narrative approach to news that introduces listeners in a new way to host Michael Barbaro and reporters like Mike Schmidt, Maggie Haberman and Rukmini Callimachi, “The Weekly” will find the stories behind the headlines that would otherwise be left on the cutting room floor.

A minimum of 30 episodes of “The Weekly” will be telecast on FX. The series is produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company. WME represented the project.

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SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

NBC Renews Quartet of Dick Wolf Dramas
Producer Dick Wolf is four for four in the renewal scorecard on NBC, with the network issuing renewals for next season to “Law & Order: SVU” and the trio of Chicago-set hours: “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med.” This will take “Law & Order: SVU” into season 20, which will tie “Gunsmoke” and parent series “Law & Order” as the longest running scripted dramas in the history of television. “Chicago Fire” heads into season seven, “Chicago PD” season six and “Chicago Med” season four.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Two part special “Drinks, Crime and Prohibition” will debut on Smithsonian Channel on Monday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET. The logline: The special takes a deep dive into the underbelly of a time characterized as much by jazz, illegal booze and female liberation as it was by gangsters and brutality. Weapons experts, historians, museum curators and mixologists weigh in on “the failed experiment” and the compelling drama it unleashed, with all its unlikely alliances, corruption and machinations of organized crime.

Upcoming Oxygen Media series “In Defense Of” will premiere on Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. ET. Described as a psychologically thrilling crime series, “In Defense Of” explores the complex relationships between notorious defendants and the attorneys who represented them. The top defense lawyers on the infamous cases of Timothy McVeigh, Jodi Arias, Branch Davidians member Clive Doyle and Ted Bundy will share their very personal, at times provocative take on events.  From putting their reputations on the line, and in some cases their own lives, to the personal sacrifices made the series highlights what these lawyers endured in order to defend the largely unfavored. For a sneak peek, click here

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UPFRONT RECAPS
From PromaxBDA

-Univision Plans for Future Amid Continued Cost Cutting – Click here
-YouTube Boasts Both Scale and Safety at NewFronts – For more, click here
-Hulu Crosses 20 Million Subscriber Mark – Click here
-Linear Model Still Matters for Optimistic PopTV – Click here
-Connector’s Remain Sony Crackle’s Key Target – Click here
-Nat Geo Combines Science, Exploration Storytelling to Broaden Brand – Clickhere
-“New” Discovery Touts Scripps Networks Expansion at Upfronts: Click here
-With “Portlandia” Done, IFC Renews “Brockmire,” “Documentary Now” – Clickhere
-A+E Celebrates Females in Women’s Upfront – Click here
-Nickelodeon to Reboot “Blues Clues;” Introduce New Version of “TMNT” – Clickhere

SPORTS

2018 NBA Playoffs Conference Finals TV and Announcer Schedule 
The Western Conference Finals, featuring the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors (each game airing exclusively on TNT beginning May 14), is the most anticipated series in the NBA world from the moment former Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul requested a trade last summer that sent him to the Houston Rockets to join forces with MVP-contender James Harden.

The two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors are attempting to conquer the West for a fourth straight season, but this will be their first West finals without home-court advantage and against a Rockets team specifically designed to take them down. Houston defeated Golden State in two out of three regular season match-ups including NBA opening night back in mid-October 2017.

For the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), respective networks, announcers and reporters for the Second Round of playoff action, click here

-2018 College Softball Conference Championships TV and Announcer Schedule Click here

-2018 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network – Click here

-2018 NFL Monday Night Football Schedule on ESPN – Click here

Play the Broadcast Network Upfront Game 2018
With the broadcast network upfront presentations taking place during the week of May 13th, here is your chance to predict what will occur at our 2018 Broadcast Network Upfront Pick’Em Game! The deadline is when NBC announces their fall schedule on Sunday, May 13 (approximately noonEastern).

For mobile device visitors, click here for a more user-friendly experience. To participate, click here

ON THE AIR TONIGHT

Season finales: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon” and “Mom” on CBS; “Chicago Fire” on NBC…Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) tie the knot on “The Big Bang Theory”…Thriller “Safe” debuts on Netflix…For the primetime schedule for Thursday, May 10, click here

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TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Hitting 100

Which one of the following scripted series will be hitting the milestone 100-episode mark next season?

a) “black-ish”
b) “Life in Pieces”
c) “Mr. Robot”
d) “Orange is the New Black”
e) “Ray Donovan”
f) they all will
g) none of them will

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following personalities did not win one of those  cheesy Mirror Ball trophies on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars?”

a) Jennifer Grey
b) Bindi Irwin
c) Mario Lopez
d) Donny Osmand
e) Kellie Pickler
e) they all did

Is:…c) Mario Lopez, who lost to football great Emmitt Smith that season.

Trivia All-Stars
Michelle Bauer, Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Joanne D’Urso, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Rick Locke, Connie McKenzie, Tom Moore, Colleen Roth