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Friday, September 16, 2016
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 3 days 
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
“Judge Judy,” presided over by Judge Judith Sheindlin, debuted in 1996 and revived the once prosperous syndicated daytime court show genre…In primetime, the series debuts included “The Outer Limits” on ABC in 1963,“The Dean Martin Show” on NBC in 1965, “The Bob Newhart Show” on CBS in 1972, “Miami Vice” on NBC in 1984, “Wiseguy” on CBS in 1987, and NBC’s “Frasier” in 1993…In 1968, then Presidential candidate Richard Nixon appeared on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and boldly said “Sock it to me.”…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor Mickey Rourke is 64; Magician David Copperfield is 60; “Saturday Night Live’s” Molly Shannon is 52; Singer Marc Anthony is 48; Amy Poehler is 45; “Gilmore Girls” star Alexis Bledel is 35; Pop singer Nick Jonas is 24.

Did You Know?:

“Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” on NBC was the top-rated show in all of primetime from 1968-70….“Miami Vice” rose as high as No. 9 in the rankings overall for the season in 1985-86 (despite facing “Dallas” on CBS, which finished No. 6)…“Frasier” at 11-seasons is the longest running spin-off sitcom in the history of television.

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RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Note: The daily overnight rating analysis will be returning next Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Thursday 9/15/16

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 8.1/13, ABC: 2.2/ 4, NBC: 2.0/ 3, Fox: 1.5/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
Fox: +67, ABC: – 4, CW: -14, CBS: -21, NBC: -44

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here

The Best and Worst of Summer TV: Click here

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Live + Same Day 
-Monday 9/12/16: Click here
-Tuesday 9/13/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

FYI Orders Spin-Off Series “Married at First Sight: Second Chancs”
FYI has greenlit 12 episodes of the spin-off series, “Married at First Sight: Second Chances,” which will follow “Married at First Sight” season three viewer participants, David Norton and Vanessa Nelson, as they get another shot at finding life-long love (reality TV style, that is). Production begins immediately in Atlanta, Georgia with the series slated to premiere in 2017.

The scoop: In season three of “Married at First Sight,” David’s marriage failed, despite his efforts to spark a connection with his wife Ashley; while Vanessa’s marriage to Tres blossomed, only to fall apart after filming concluded. Now, with the experiment over and their divorces finalized, David and Vanessa are embarking on another journey to find their soulmates.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Over 800,000 Viewers for “Ed Gordon” Premiere on Bounce TV
Diginet Bounce TV is reporting 838,000 unduplicated viewers on Tuesday for two airings of the debut episode of primetime newsmagazine “Ed Gordon,” hosted by the recent BET anchorman.  Among the network’s targeted African-American audience, the telecasts increased in households by a reported 28 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

The series premiere featured Gordon’s exclusive interview from Ferguson, Missouri with five Mothers of The Movement, African-American women whose children have been shot, with four killed, in acts of violence. Gordon also visited with Nate Parker and the cast of “The Birth of a Nation,” the motion picture dramatizing the life of Nat Turner, the slave who led a rebellion in Virginia in 1831. In addition, Gordon sat down with popular singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Maxwell.

Original “Batman” Series Returns in Spanish
TeleXitos, a multicast channel for Spanish-language viewers focused on programming of an action adventure nature, has acquired the rights to air the iconic ABC 1966-68 half-hour series “Batman.”  Viewers in the United States will now be able to watch all 120-episodes in Spanish and without subtitles. TeleXitos will kick-off the “Batman” series premiere with a weekend marathon that will begin tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET.

Campy “Batman,” a thrill for youngers and pure comedy for adults, is remembered for The Riddler (Frank Gorshin, John Astin), The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt — Lee Meriwether was in the theatrical) stirring up trouble in Gotham City.  Apparently, jail sentences were very short.  But there were actually over 30 villains, in total, battling Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) including Archer, The Black Widow, Bookworm, Nora Clavical, Colonel Gumm, Clock King, Dr. Cassandra, Egghead and Olga, False Face, Mr. Freeze, King Tut, Lord Flogg and Lady Penelope Peasoup, Lola Lasagne, Louie the Lilac, The Mad Hatter, Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, Minerva, The Minstrel, Sandman, Shame and Calamity Jan, Siren, and Zelda the Great.

To commemorate TeleXitos’ debut of “Batman” and celebrate DC Comics’ “Batman Day 2016” tomorrow, the network will also offer viewers an opportunity to access special “Batman”-themed trivia in Spanish on its digital and social media platforms. Viewers can visit TeleXitos.com, as well as the network’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/TeleXitos or its Twitter page at @TeleXitos and use the hashtag #BatmanEnTeleXitos, to access the specially-curated digital content.

“Underground” Confirmed as the First Public Program at the Oprah Winfrey Theater
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will host a screening of original series “Underground,” Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the museum located at 1400 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C.  The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established as the 19th Smithsonian museum by an Act of Congress through legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003.  “Underground,” which airs on WGN America and is produced by Sony Pictures Television, will be the inaugural public program presented at the museum following its historic grand opening and the first public program held in the Oprah Winfrey Theater.

A panel discussion will follow the screening with “Underground” co-creator, writer and executive producer Misha Green and cast members Alano Miller (“Cato”), Amirah Vann (“Ernestine”), Jessica de Gouw (“Elizabeth Hawkes”) and Aisha Hinds (“Harriet Tubman”), moderated by Dr. Rex Ellis, the museum’s Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs.

Debuting on March 9, 2016, “Underground” tells the story of valiant enslaved people who risked their lives to reach freedom on the Underground Railroad.”

Actor James Stacy Dead at 80
Actor James Stacy, who is remembered for his role on CBS 1968-71 western “Lancer,” died yesterday in Ventura, California.  He was 80.

Born Maurice William Elias on December 23, 1936 in Los Angeles, Stacy made his film debut in “Sayonara” in 1957, and his television premiere in drama “Highway Patrol” in that same year. He had a recurring role as “Fred” in “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” from 1958 to 1964 and made early guest appearances in series like “Gunsmoke,” “Hazel,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Perry Mason,” “Have Gun Will Travel” and “Combat!”  In 1966, he appeared in the final episode of “Perry Mason.”

On September 27, 1973, Stacy and a female companion were struck by a drunk driver while riding a motorcycle.  She died and he lost his left arm and leg.  For more, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Agency,” an eight-part series written by Max Landis (“American Ultra”) and adapted from the novels by Douglas Adams (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), will premiere on Saturday, October 22 at 9 ET on BBC America.  The scoop: Elijah Wood plays a character named Todd, who has the dullest, most humiliating life imaginable, working as a bellboy. That all changes when Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) shows up, forcibly pointing out the misery Todd’s been putting up with and plunging him into a new life of danger and adventure.

PI POLLS
1. Which series do you think will be named Outstanding Drama at the Emmys this Sunday? Click here
2. Which series do you think will be named Outstanding Comedy at the Emmys this Sunday? Click here
3. Who would you like to see win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series?  Click here
4. What upcoming new network drama are you most interested in watching this fall?  Click here
5. Who is your pick to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Comedy “Fleabag,” starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, premieres on Amazon.  Drama “Z Nation” opens season two on Syfy.  “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” concludes for the season on The WB.  For the complete primetime schedule for Friday, September 16, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Better Late Than Never

How many times was Susan Lucci nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as Erica Kane on ABC daytime drama “All My Children” before she finally won in 1999?

a) 15
b) 17
c) 19
d) 20
e) 21

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following primetime series has won the most number of Emmy awards?

a) “Cheers”
b) “Frasier”
c) “Game of Thrones”
d) “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
e) “The Simpsons”

Is…b) “Frasier,” with 37 wins .  But HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” now at 35 wins, could very well pass NBC’s “Frasier” after this Sunday’s telecast.  As for the others…

-“The Simpsons” (Fox): 32 wins
-“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (CBS): 29 wins
-“Cheers” (NBC): 28 wins

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Maureen Goldman, Caryn Gray, Jeff Greenberg,  Bob Ingersoll, Ken Jobe, Debra Kainer, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Bruce Starin

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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.