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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Variety hour “The Johnny Cash Show, which originated in Nashville, debuted on ABC in 1969.  It aired for two half-seasons, expiring in May 1971.  In 1976, Cash returned with a four-week summer show on CBS called “Johnny Cash and Friends”“The NBC Nightly News, with John Chancellor andDavid Brinkley, aired for the first time in 1976…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Tom Jones in 78; Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List”) is 66; music producer and former “The X-Factor” judge LA Reid is 62; Vice President Mike Pence is 59; reality star Bear Grylls is 44; former “SNL” star Bill Hader is 40.

-Did You Know?:
One unusual taping occurred during “The Johnny Cash Show” in 1971. Moments after Cash greeted the audience, assuming it was a regular episode, June Carter Cash came on stage and said she had a special guest. Ralph Edwards then joined the two on stage, and Cash realized that it was actually a taping for an installment of “This Is Your Life” honoring him.


RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 9.2/16, CBS: 2.9/ 5, NBC and Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening
Fox: +25, CW: +20, CBS: – 3, ABC: – 6, NBC: – 7

-Ratings Breakdown:
Game 3 of The NBA Finals (Warriors 110, Cavaliers 102) led ABC to a significant Wednesday overnight victory, of course. The game averaged an estimated 12.4 rating/22 share in households from 9-11:35 p.m. ET, which was just four percent below the 12.9/23 on the year-ago evening. And that game three averaged 20.1 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/28 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live+Same Day data).

Over at CBS, the network may want to reconsider its decision to cancel “Code Black.” For the remainder of the analysis and the half-hour household breakdown for Wednesday, June 6, click here

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 6/04/18: Click here
Tuesday 6/05/18: Click here

Live+3 Day Ratings – Week of May 21 – Click here

2017-18 Live+Same Day Season Ratings – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research



“Temptation Island” to Return
USA Network is reported to be in advanced negotiations for a revival of former relationship/reality themed “Temptation Island” from Banijay Group. Airing for three seasons on Fox from 2001-03 and hosted by Mark L. Wahlberg, the series featured four couples who agreed to live with a group of singles of the opposite sex in order to test the strength of their relationships.

Although a breakout hit by the numbers in the first season, the novelty quickly off in seasons two and three for “Temptation Island.”

Apple Orders Musical Dramedy “Little Voice”
Apple has given a straight-to-series 10 episode order to the half-hour dramedy “Little Voices” from J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson. The series is described as a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York which explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s. Bareilles, who is hosting the upcoming 72nd Tony Awards, will provide original music.

Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam,” “Stepmom”) will write and direct the first episode and serve as showrunner for “Little Voice,” which comes from Warner Bros TV and Abrams’ studio-based Bad Robot Prods.

The Weather Channel Orders “Storm of Suspicion”
The Weather Channel has greenliteight episodes of a new original program, “Storm of Suspicion,” from Jupiter Entertainment. The hour-long true crime series will examine the crimes where weather played a central role to the narrative and investigation. The series will premiere this fall.





Netflix Renews “13 Reasons Why” for Season 3
Netflix has picked up teen drama “13 Reasons Why” for a third season with an order for 13 new episodes to be available for streaming in 2019. Based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey for Netflix, the series revolves around a high school student, Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), and his friend Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a girl who takes her own life after suffering a series of demoralizing circumstances brought on by select individuals at her school. A box of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah before her suicide details thirteen reasons why she ended her life.

Production on the new season will resume later this year. The new season will premiere in 2019. Brian Yorkey will be returning as the series’ creator and showrunner, with Yorkey, Joy Gorman, Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, Tom McCarthy, Steve Golin and Selena Gomez returning as executive producers.

The new season of “13 Reasons Why” will be produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Conten for Netflix.



Bruce Springsteen to Perform on “The Tony Awards”
Bruce Springsteen will perform at the upcoming “72nd Annual Tony Awards” on CBS at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 10. Springsteen will also receive a Special Tony Award for his ongoing engagement, “Springsteen on Broadway.”

Set to present on “The Tonys” are Uzo Aduba, Matt Bomer Christine Baranski, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Melissa Benoist, Erich Bergen, Rachel Bloom, Rachel Brosnahan, Tituss Burgess, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Robert De Niro, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tina Fey, Christopher Jackson, Billy Joel, John Leguizamo, Patti LuPone, Tatiana Maslany, Katharine McPhee, Matthew Morrison, Leslie Odom Jr., Kelli O’Hara, Jim Parsons, Bernadette Peters, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Amy Schumer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ming-Na Wen, Kerry Washington and Marissa Jaret Winokur.



2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Super Regionals Schedule on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU – Click here
2018 NBA Finals Schedule on ABC – Click here
-2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final TV Schedule on NBC and NBCSN – 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

10 Key Highlights From Network Upfront Week – Click here
-Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall: Click here
-CBS Announces 5 New Series This Fall; 8 in Total – Click here
-NBC: 3 New Shows This Fall; 9 in Total in 2018-19 – Click here
-Fox to Launch Just 2 New Series This Fall, Plus “TNF”: Click here
The CW Expands to Sundays, Adds 3 New Series – 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



Six additional episodes of animated kids series “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” will premiere on Amazon Prime on Tuesday, June 26 in the US. The show follows a mouse and his “pet kid” Oliver and is based on the New York Times bests-elling book series written by Laura Numeroff and Illustrated by Felicia Bond.

“The Challenge: Final Reckoning,” the third in the series trilogy, will open on MTV on Tuesday, July 10 at 9 p.m. ET. This newest installation travels players to South Africa to face the consequences of their actions from the past two seasons. All of the recent betrayals, regrets and wrongdoings will rise to the surface as the competitors pair-off for their fiercest vendetta yet. Will they be able to put aside their issues, settle the score and work together to take home the $1 million prize?


Series premieres: “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” on Freeform and “American Woman” on Paramount…“The Four: The Battle for Stardom” begins season 2 on Fox…Also opening for the season: “Mysteries at the Museum”on Travel and “Nashville” on CMT…Season finales: “Swamp People” on History, “Extreme Measures” on ID and “Imposters” on Bravo…For the primetime schedule for Thursday, June 7, click here

Upcoming Next Fall

Which night next fall will feature the most number of new network TV series?

a) Monday
b) Tuesday
c) Wednesday
d) Thursday
e) Friday
f) Saturday
g) Sunday

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Sally Field is remembered for her early portrayal of Sister Bertrille (aka Elsie Ethrington) on the ABC 1967-70 sitcom “The Flying Nun.” But which of the five actresses was supposed to play the role after Field initially backed out?

a) Patty Duke
b) Georgia Engel
c) Goldie Hawn
d) Barbara Sharma
e) Ronne Troup

…is: e) Ronne Troup, who played Polly Douglas on the final two seasons of sitcom “My Three Sons.” To the masses that answered Patty Duke, she was also in consideration for the role of Sister Bertrille but was never cast.

Trivia All-Stars
Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Jerry Gibbons, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Tom Moore, Joe Swaney


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