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Monday, July 2, 2018
“The Lawrence Welk Show, which was initially a summer replacement series, began its 16-season run on ABC in 1955. When the alphabet net canceled the series in 1971 because of the older audience skew, it remained in original production in first-run syndication in 1982…Brian Wilson in 1976 joined the Beach Boys on stage for the first night in 12 years. The next night the show was recorded for an NBC Beach Boys special…Celebrity Birthdays: “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David is 71; Disney star Ashley Tisdale is 33; actress Lindsay Lohan is 32; actress Margot Robbie is 28. And a Happy 24th Birthday to my son Brandon Berman!

-Did You Know?:
In the early seasons of “The Lawrence Welk Show, the primary sponsor was Dodge. The Dodge name would be part of the set and during some performances, and the original show title was “The Lawrence Welk Dodge Show.” 

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Sunday 7/01/18

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.3/ 6, ABC and NBC: 2.5/ 5 each, Fox: 0.4/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +39, CBS: + 6, ABC: no change, CW: -33

-Ratings Analysis:
An encore telecast of granddaddy “60 Minutes” (5.3 rating/11 share at 7 p.m.) led CBS to household overnight victory on this pre-holiday Sunday. But it is summer mainstay “Big Brother” (#1: 3.2/ 7 from 8-9 p.m.) that will likely lead the network to leadership in adults 18-49 and all the key young adult demo groups. Comparably, “Big Brother” was equal to year-ago overnight levels.

In season-finale news, freshman CBS drama “Instinct” topped the 9 p.m. hour with a 3.2/ 6 in households and will return in 2018-19 in midseason. For the remainder of the analysis and the breakdown by network and half-hour for Sunday, July 1, click here

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of June 11: Click here

Fast Affiliate Ratings
Friday 6/29/18: Click here
Saturday 6/30/18: Click here

Live+Same Day Scorecard
Monday 6/25/18: Click here
Tuesday 6/26/18: Click here
Wednesday 6/27/18: Click here
Thursday 6/28/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


NBC Cancels Freshman Comedy “Champions”
NBC, not surprisingly, has announced the official cancellation of freshman comedy “Champions.” At the time of its upfront presentation in mid-May, the network had said it was undecided on the futures of “Champions” and sophomore time-traveling drama “Timeless.” Both have now been axed.

Debuting on March 8, 2018, “Champions” told the story of Vince (Anders Holm), a charismatic gym owner, living every bachelor’s dream with his younger brother Matthew (Andy Favreau) in Brooklyn, New York. He lives a simple life, dates an endless string of women, until his high school fling Priya (Mindy Kaling) drops off their 15-year-old son Michael (J.J. Totah) .

Sources say the SVOD partner, Netflix, passed on picking up the family comedy for a second season, but will continue to carry the show internationally after its June 12 streaming debut. Producers Universal Television, where Kaling is under an overall deal, are said to be in discussions to find a new home for “Champions.” It’s unclear if Hulu, which rescued Kaling’s “The Mindy Project,” has in-season stacking rights to the comedy starring Anders Holm, is among the destinations being discussed for the series.

Military Drama “Six” Concludes on History
History has opted against a third season of scripted military drama “Six.” Debuting on Jan. 18, 2017, “Six” chronicled the operations and daily lives of operators who are part of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), more commonly known as SEAL Team Six, which is one of the U.S. Armed Forces’ primary counter-terrorism units. “Six” hailed from A+E Studios and the former Weinstein TV unit. Goggins, and it Barry Sloane and Olivia Munn starred. A total of 17 episodes were produced.


News of LeBron James’ Lakers Move Interrupts Charles Barkley’s Sunday Night TV
Basketball superstar LeBron James made another big impression upon the sports world on Sunday night as it was announced he would join the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-year contract, beginning this fall.

Cable sports network NBA TV contacted Turner Sports NBA analyst Charles Barkleyfor his reaction and analysis on the LeBron news, but he explicitly noted he was busy watching the freshman HBO drama “Succession” and the season premiere of Starz drama “Power”. For a look, 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 Fandom – 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


Sophie Turner Laing, CEO of Endemol Shine Group will receive the International Academy’s 2018 Directorate Emmy Award at the 46th International Emmy Awards Gala, on Monday, November 19, in New York City. Turner Laing overseas Endemol Shine Group’s network of more than 120 creative production companies in 23 markets, responsible for series including “Big Brother,” “MasterChef,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Black Mirror” and last year producing in over 50 languages.

Before taking up her current role in 2014, Turner Laing held a number of senior positions at Sky in the UK, including Managing Director, Content.


2018 Wimbledon Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks – Click here


Documentary “Jeff Lyne’s Elo: Wembley or Bust” will make its U.S. television premiere on Showtime on Friday, July 27 at 9 p.m. ET on-air, on demand and over the internet. Celebrating Lynne’s musical legacy, director Paul Dugdale documents Lynne’s ELO performance in England’s famed Wembley Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd of 60,000 fans. To watch and share a new clip from Jeff Lynne’s Elo” Wembley or Bust,” click here

The 15th edition of E! docuseries “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” opens on Sunday, August 5 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: The ever-growing Kardashian family faces some of their toughest challenges yet. This season is a baby boom as Khloé and Kylie navigate first-time motherhood and Kim welcomes her third child via a surrogate. Meanwhile, tensions run high between the three eldest sisters as Kim and Khloé question Kourtney’s drive and priorities, causing Kourtney to contemplate her loyalty to the family. Taking their passion for advocacy to the next level, Kourtney and Kim head to the nation’s capital to lend their voices to important causes. While Kourtney is advocating for safer personal care products, Kim makes it her mission to have President Donald Trump grant clemency for Alice Marie Johnson, a woman that was sentenced to life in prison for a first-time, non-violent drug offense.

Comedy “In the Cut” opens a new season on Bounce TV…Season finales:“Mountain Men” on GAC and “American Greed” on CNBC…For the programming options on Friday, June 29, click here
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In the Good Ol’ Summertime

Which one of the following five TV series did not debut in July?

a) “Fernwood 2 Night”
b) “Mad Men”
c) “Northern Exposure”
d) “Oz”
e) “Survivor”
f) they all did

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following sitcoms did not feature one of the stars from “Hot in Cleveland”?

a) “Just Shoot Me”
b) “Ladies Man”
c) “Misconceptions”
d) “Sydney”
e) “Wanda at Large”
f) they all did

…e) “Wanda at Large,” which aired on Fox in 2003. As for the others…

-“Just Shoot Me” (NBC): 1997-2003 – Wendie Mallick
-“Ladies Man” (CBS): 1999-2001 – Betty White
-“Misconceptions” (WB): 2006 – Jane Leeves
-“Sydney” (CBS): 1990 – Valerie Bertinelli

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