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Friday, June 22, 2018
NBC dramatic anthology “The George Sanders Mystery Theater” opened in 1957. It ran for three months…NBC quiz show “You Bet Your Life, hosted byGroucho Marx, concluded after 11 seasons in 1961…Celebrity Birthdays: Country singer Kris Kristofferson is 82; three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep is 69; actorBruce Campbell (“Maniac Cop”) is 60; “The Voice” and “Today” show personalityCarson Daly is 45.

-Did You Know?:
Comedienne Phyllis Diller got her first national exposure as a contestant on “You Bet Your Life” at age 41 in 1958. For a look, click here. Additionally, when authorWilliam Peter Blatty won $10,000 on the show in 1961, he told Groucho Marx he planned to take some time off to “work on a novel”. The result was “The Exorcist”in 1973.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Thursday 6/21/18

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.0/ 6, NBC: 2.4/ 4, ABC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: + 7, ABC: – 4, NBC: – 8, CW: -17, Fox: -18

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC was off, but not necessarily running with its summer Thursday night line-up. Season two of the revival of “The Gong Show,” now at 8 p.m., opened with a modest 2.1 rating/4 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. hour. Comparably, that was 25 percent below the 2.8/ 5 for its series premiere on the year-ago evening at 10 p.m. ET. And it trailed NBC’s competing “Little Big Shots” (#2: 3.7/ 7), hosted by Steve Harvey, by 43 percent.

Next on the alphabet net was the season premiere of “The Match Game,” hosted by Alec Baldwin, at a 2.4/ 4 (#2) at 9 p.m., followed by the series-premiere of scripted drama “Take Two” at a 2.4/ 5 (#1) at 10 p.m. Since most new series drop by 10 to 20 percent in week two, I would not get too used to “Take Two.”

For the breakdown by network and half-hour for Thursday, June 21, click here

Live+Same Day Scorecard
Monday 6/18: Click here
Tuesday 6/19: Click here
Wednesday 6/20: Click here

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of June 4 – Click here

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

Source: Nielsen Media Research


ABC Orders “Roseanne” Spin-Off “The Conners”
ABC has confirmed that the fictional Conner family will continue minus Roseanne in a spin-off sitcom tentatively called “The Conners.” John Goodman (‘Dan’), Laurie Metcalf (‘Jackie’), Sara Gilbert (‘Darlene’), Lecy Goranson (‘Becky’) and Michael Fishman (‘D.J.’) are all set to return, and 10 initial episodes have been ordered. “The Conners” will air in the Tuesday 8 p.m. ET half-hour and Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series.

The logline: After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.

In support of their new series, cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman said, in a joint statement:

“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience. We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”

Tom Werner will executive produce, along with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan and Bruce Rasmussen are also writers. The series is from Tom Werner and Werner Entertainment.

Apple Orders Short-Form Series “Calls”
Apple has given a series order to “Calls,” an English-language adaptation of the French short-form series of the same name from Canal+. The new English-language series will be a co-production with Canal+, and it marks Apple’s first international series and its first international co-production.

Created by Timothée Hochet,“Calls” allows audiences to experience short stories through real-life audio sources and minimal visuals. As part of the deal, Apple has also acquired the rights to the first season of the French original series, which aired last year.”Calls” is a Canal+ original series developed and produced under the network’s award-winning Creation Originale label. Canal+ Group Chairman and CEO is Maxime Saada.

Netflix Acquires Korean Drama ‘Mr. Sunshine”
Netflix has licensed the new Korean original drama “Mr. Sunshine,” a 24-episode series from the creators of “Descendants of the Sun” Available for streaming on July 7 (with episodes streaming on the same day of its Korean broadcast in the U.S. and Asian territories excluding Korea), “Mr. Sunshine”  tells the story of a Korean boy born into a family of a house servant running away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a US marine officer. There he falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter and discovers the dark scheme to colonize the country that he once ran away from.

“Mr. Sunshine,” which is based on the US expedition to Korea in the late 19th century, is written by Kim Eun-sook and directed by Lee Eung-bok. The series is produced by Hwa&Dam Pictures and Studio Dragon, who teamed up with Hwa & Dam Pictures for titles including “Goblin” and “Bravo My Life.”


“The Jerry Springer Show” Officially Canceled
Following the recent news that “The Jerry Springer Show” has ended production comes word that the veteran syndicated daytime talker has been officially canceled by NBCUniversal. Debuting on Sept. 30, 1991, what started as a legitimate issues-oriented and political talk show, a longer version of the commentary for which Springer had gained local fame as a reporter and anchor, slowly morphed into more controversial topics and, ultimately, an arena for daily dysfunction and slugfests. Viewers began watching in droves after the switch — “The Jerry Springer Show” even topped the “Queen” of Daytime, Oprah Winfrey, in one season. And that resulted in a lengthy 27-season run.

Results of “The Jerry Springer Show” will begin airing on The CW in daytime this fall.

2018 Men’s College World Series of NCAA Division I Baseball Schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU – Click here

2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer Group Stage 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


Brand Safety Concerns Escalate – 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 – Click here
-“New” Discovery Touts Scripps Networks Expansion at Upfronts: Click here
-With “Portlandia” Done, IFC Renews “Brockmire,” “Documentary Now” – Click here
-A+E Celebrates Females in Women’s Upfront – Click here
-Nickelodeon to Reboot “Blues Clues;” Introduce New Version of “TMNT” – Click here


Contact Marc Berman at marc@programminginsider.com
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Season three of HGTV’s “Desert Flippers,” featuring renovation experts Eric and Lindsey Bennett, will return on Tuesday, July 24 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: The 14-episode season will follow real estate agent Eric and designer Lindsey as they renovate dilapidated homes in a popular real estate market where investment properties are tough to find. The Wisconsin natives — who escaped harsh winters to follow their dream of house flipping in SoCal — will overcome extreme heat and unique desert challenges to create dream homes with high-end amenities and desirable outdoor living areas.

The second season of drama “Ozark, starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner and Janet McTeer, will be available for streaming on Netflix on Friday, August 31. The logline: “Ozark” continues to follow Marty Bryde and his family as they navigate the murky waters of life within a dangerous drug cartel. With Del out, the crime syndicate sends their ruthless attorney Helen Pierce to town to shake things up just as The Byrdes are finally settling in. Marty and Wendy struggle to balance their family interests amid the escalating dangers presented by their partnerships with the power-hungry Snells, the cartel and their new deputy, Ruth Langmore, whose father Cade has been released from prison. The stakes are even higher than before and The Byrdes soon realize they have to go all in before they can get out.

Up Debuts “Our Wedding Story” and “Crazy Beautiful Weddings”…Other series premieres: “Cooking on High” on Netflix and “My Aloha Dream House” on HGTV…“Coopers Treasure” opens new season on Discovery…“Marvel’s Luke Cage” season two is available for streaming on Netflix…For the primetime schedule for Friday, June 22, click here
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Remember “Felicity,” the WB 1998 to 2002 drama starring Keri Russell as Felicity Porter? What real-life New York City coffee shop did she work at?

a) Dean & DeLuca
b) La Colombe
c) Starbucks
d) Sweetleaf
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The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following series did not feature one of the future stars from ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”?

a) “Everwood”
b) “Karen’s Song”
c) “Once and Again”
d) “St. Elsewhere”
e) “Sports Night”

Is: f) they all did. Since I forgot to include that option, everyone who answered gets mentioned! Take a look:

-“Everwood” (WB): Marcia Cross
-“Karen’s Song” (Fox): Teri Hatcher
-“Once and Again” (ABC): Jeffrey Nordling
-“St. Elsewhere” (NBC): Alfre Woodard
-“Sports Night” (ABC): Felicity Huffman

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