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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
ABC’s “Nightline, anchored by Ted Koppel, expanded from four to five nights per week in 1981…HBO debuted the telefilm “Something the Lord Made” in 2004, which starred Alan Rickman and Mos DefIn 2012, three-part History Channel miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys, based on the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud, concluded…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Idina Menzel is 47; former “America’s Got Talent” judge CeeLo Green is 44.

-Did You Know?
“Hatfields & McCoys” was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards (the most ever for any series on History). It won five awards, including Kevin Costner andTom Berenger for Outstanding Lead Actor and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, respectively.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.5/11, CBS: 3.5/ 6, Fox: 1.8/ 3, ABC: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +12, ABC: + 6, CBS: -10, NBC: -12, CW: -29

Ratings Analysis:
It was a clean household overnight sweep for NBC care of the season premiere installments of summer favorite “America’s Got Talent” (7.4 rating/13 share from 8-10 p.m.) and sophomore “World of Dance” (4.6/ 8 at 10 p.m.). Comparably, “America’s Got Talent,” an immediate addiction, slipped by only six percent in households from its stellar year-ago opener (7.9/13 on 5/30/17). And “World of Dance” was down by a more significant 29 percent from the 6.5/12 series debut on the year ago evening. One episode into its 13th season and “America’s Got Talent” is a lock for another season of summer dominance.

For the remainder of the analysis, plus the half-hour household breakdown for Tuesday, May 29, click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 5/21/18: Click here
-Tuesday 5/22/18: Click here
-Wednesday 5/23/18: Click here
-Thursday 5/24/18: Click here
-Friday 5/25/18: Click here

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of May 14 – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


E! Cancels Drama “The Arrangement”
E! has opted against a third season of drama “The Arrangement,” which starred Josh Henderson, Christine Evangelista, Lexa Doig and Michael Vartan in a Hollywood love story shedding light on the darker side of fame.

“Over two seasons, E!’s scripted series “The Arrangement” has taken viewers inside the world of an A-list movie star filled with secrets, scandal and romance,” said an E! spokesperson in a statement. “While we have decided not to move forward with the series, we are incredibly grateful to the cast and our production partners.”

The recent season two finale on May 13 is now the series finale of “The Arrangement.”


ABC Cancels “Roseanne”
ABC has put an end to its mega-successful revival of sitcom “Roseanne” after its star when on an unexpected Twitter rant yesterday. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” said ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey in a statement.

Yesterday Roseanne Barr sent  a politically charged tweet linking Chelsea Clinton to liberal donor George Soros and a racially charged tweet about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American and born in Iran.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me — my joke was in bad taste,” Roseanne later tweeted, after writing she was quitting Twitter.

Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the show, immediately quit. Social media, meanwhile, lit up with criticism of both Barr and ABC, with some calling on the network to either suspend the star, or cancel her show. ABC chose the latter and has not announced what will now anchor Tuesday next season.

Viacom Networks, Hulu and Laff Pull “Roseanne” Repeats
The networks of TV Land, Paramount Network and CMT will no longer be airing encore telecasts of the first nine seasons of sitcom “Roseanne” effective immediately. ABC, meanwhile, has pulled the show from Emmy contention, and Barr’s talent agency, ICM, dropped her. Information about the show also is no longer available on ABC’s press site. Hulu and nostalgia themed diginet Laff have also removed the show from their schedules.

The PI in Benzinga.com – Disney CEO After “Roseanne” Cancellation: “You Can’t Debate What Is Morally Right” – Click here

Casting News
Uma Thurman has been cast in upcoming Netflix supernatural drama “Chambers” as Nancy, the mother of a heart donor who forges a hesitant relationship with the young recipient only to find out her daughter may not be as dead as she thought. The logline: A young heart attack survivor becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are quite sinister.

Summer 2018 TV Series Premiere Schedule
Mark your calendars…what follows is a listing of the key program launch dates this summer. Click here


2018 NBA Finals Schedule on ABC – Click here
-2018 Women’s College World Series of NCAA Division I Softball TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here
-2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final TV Schedule on NBC and NBCSN – Click here
-2018 NCAA Division I Softball Super Regionals 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

For the fall 2018 primetime schedule grid, click here

-That’s a Wrap: 10 Key Highlights From Network Upfront Week – Clickhere

The CW Expands to Sundays, Adds 3 New Series – Click here
-CBS Announces 5 New Series This Fall; 8 in Total – Click here
-Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall: Click here
-Fox to Launch Just 2 New Series This Fall, Plus “TNF”: Click here
-NBC: 3 New Shows This Fall; 9 in Total in 2018-19 – Click here
-Turner Networks’ Focus is On Faandom – Click here
-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

New Series Trailers: 
-“All American” (CW): Click here
-“Charmed” (CW): Click here
-“FBI” (CBS): Click here
-“God Friended” (CBS): Click here
-“Happy Together” (CBS): Click here
-“Magnum, PI” (CBS): Click here
-“The Neighborhood” (CBS): Click here
-“The Fix” (ABC): Click here
-“Grand Hotel” (ABC): Click here
-“The Kids Are Alright” (ABC): Click here
-“A Million Little Things” (ABC): Click here
-“The Rookie” (ABC): Click here
-“Single Parents” (ABC): Click here
-“Whisky Cavalier” (ABC): Click here
-“The Cool Kids” (Fox): Click here
-“The Passage” (Fox): Click here
-“Proven Innocent” (Fox): Click here
-“I Feel Bad” (NBC): Click here
-“Rel” (Fox): Click here
-“Manifest” (NBC): Click here
-“New Amsterdam” (NBC): Click here


Syndicated half-hour weekly “Raw Travel, now in season five and hosted by Robert G. Rose, will premiere the first of a series of episodes titled set in South Korea this weekend. This first installment will showcase the famed Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and will feature exclusive interviews with locals about their views on the prospect of ending the decades old war and potential re-unification with the North. Check your local listings for air-times.

True crime series “ATL Homicide,” which focuses on real-life murder investigations, will open on TV One on Monday, July 9 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Veteran homicide detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez of Atlanta PD have stories-and they’re sharing some of the grittiest of them all. As part of the network’s “True Crime Mondays,” ATL Homicide dives into these stories with detectives Quinn and Velazquez as they recount their personal experiences solving these cases, alongside astonishing dramatic re-creations that transport viewers into each case.

NBC debuts drama “Reverie”…Season premieres: “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC, “MasterChef” on Fox, “Black Ink Crew” on VH1, “Man Fire Food” on Cooking…Season finales: “The Americans” on FX, “Famous in Love” on Freeform, “Being Serena” on HBO, “Ice” on Audience…For the primetime schedule for Wednesday, May 30, click here
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Four of the following five network dramas have been canceled and one will be returning in midseason. Which one is the show that will be back?

a) “Designated Survivor” (ABC)
b) “Elementary” (CBS)
c) “Life Sentence” CW)
d) “Lucifer” (Fox)
e) “Scorpion” (CBS)

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Remember when Michael Conrad as Sergeant Esterhaus on NBC crime drama “Hill Street Blues” would say “Let’s be careful out there” at the end of each roll call? What did his replacement, Robert Prosky as Sergeant Jablonski, say instead?

a) “All we know are the facts.”
b) “Crime does not pay in this city”
c) “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.”
d) “Keep your eyes wide open and watch your backs.”
e) “Let’s do it to them before they do it to us.”

…Is: e) “Let’s do it to them before they do it to us.” Obviously, I meant Michael Conrad (and not Robert Conrad). Oops!


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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.