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Monday, July 23, 2018
ON THIS DAY
The western “The Gene Autry Show” debuted on CBS in 1950 and aired for six seasons…“Saving Grace, starring Oscar winner Holly Hunter, began its three season run on TNT in 2007…Also in 2007: Drew Carey was announced as the replacement for Bob Barker on CBS daytime game show “The Price Is Right”…Celebrity Birthdays: Woody Harrelson (“Cheers”) is 57; sitcom star Marlon Wayans is 46; actor Daniel Radcliff is 29.

-Did You Know?:
Woody Harrelson has been nominated for an Academy Award three times: for Best Actor for “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and Best Supporting Actor for “The Messenger” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
 
Sunday 7/22/18

Household Rating/Share
ABC and CBS: 3.1/ 6 each, NBC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 0.8/ 2

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening were not available.

Ratings Breakdown:
There was noting unusual to report on this quiet summer Sunday. ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud,” hosted by Steve Harvey, led the 8 p.m. hour, with a 4.0 rating/7 share in households. Competing “Big Brother” on CBS (#2: 3.6/ 6), however, is a lock for dominance in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demo groups). Note to Sam: There was no need to make unnecessary enemies this week, particularly when your power app could mean the return of the evicted housemate.

For the remainder of the analysis and the breakdown by network and half-hour for Sunday, July 22, click here

Fast Affiliate Data
-Friday 7/20/18: Click here
-Saturday 7/21/18: Click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 7/16/18: Click here
-Tuesday 7/17/18: Click here
-Wednesday 7/18/18: Click here
-Thursday 7/19/18: Click here

Live+7 Ratings Scorecard – Week of July 2: Click here

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

“Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” Reboot in the Works
20th Century Fox Television, who produced the original “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer,” is developing a remake from Joss Whedon with an African-American actress in the lead. Based on the 1992 film of the same name, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, originally ran from 1996 to 2003 on The WB and for two additional seasons on UPN through 2003. Spin-off “Angel,” starring David Boreanaz, ran from 1999 to 2004.

No actors have been cast in the series reboot yet. Showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen has signed on to oversee the project and director Joss Whedon, who created the original series, will return to executive produce.

No specific outlet has committed to the potential remake of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” yet.

Netflix Announces New Brazilian Drama “The One”
Netflix will stream six one-hour episodes of new original scripted series, “The One” from author Raphael Draccon and novelist Carolina Munhóz. Adapted from the Mexican show “Niño Santo” created and written by Pedro Peirano and Mauricio Katz and based on the original idea by Pablo Cruz, the drama follows three young doctors who are sent to a remote village in Pantanal to vaccinate residents against a new mutation of the Zika virus. Their efforts to bring medical aid are refused, and the doctors find themselves trapped in an isolated community shrouded in secrets and devoted to a healer who forces them to confront the power of faith over science.

“We are excited to share Carolina and Raphael’s re-imagining of this series with our subscribers around the globe. They have delivered a uniquely Brazilian take on the show, and skillfully developed rich characters and specificity of the strange and often frightening world in which the show takes place,” said Chris Sanagustin, Director of International Originals at Netflix.

Principal photography of The One begins in September and the debut exclusively on Netflix around the globe is targeted to 2019.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Amazon Renews “The Man in the High Castle” for Season 4
Amazon has greenlit drama “The Man in the High Castle” for a fourth season, with the renewal coming more than two months before its third season opener on Friday, Oct. 5.

Debuting on Jan. 15, 2015, the series is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. From Wipekedia: In the series’ alternate version of 1962, the Axis powers have won World War II and divided the United States into the Greater Nazi Reich, comprising more than half of eastern part of the continent, and the Japanese Pacific States to the west. These territories are separated by a neutral zone that encompasses the Rocky Mountains. The series follows characters whose destinies intertwine after they come into contact with a series of propaganda films that show a very different history from their own.

“The Man in the High Castle” stars Rufus Sewell, Alexa Davalos, DJ Qualls, Rupert Evans, Stephen Root, Luke Kleintank and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. 

USA Network Cancels “Colony” After 3 Seasons
USA Network has opted against a fourth season of drama “Colony.” The season-finale this Wednesday will now serve as the series-ender.

Debuting on Jan. 14, 2016, “Colony” is set in a dystopian near-future Los Angeles where residents live under a regime of military occupation by an organization known as the Transitional Authority. The Authority serves an extraterrestrial group referred to as the “Hosts”, about whom little is known.

The series stars Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies and was created and executive produced by Carlton Cuse (“Lost”). A total of 35 episodes of “Colony” was produced. 

Freeform Orders Season 2 of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”
Freeform has greenlit “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” for a second season, with an order for 10 new episodes. Debuting on June 7, 2018, the series follows teenagers Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) who come from different backgrounds and have acquired superpowers after a life-changing event that revolved around the collapse of the Roxxon Gulf Platform. While forming a romantic relationship, they soon realize that their powers work better when they are together, “but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.”

The premiere episode of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is now Freeform’s most-watched series debut in two and a half years, accumulating 4.4 million viewers across all platforms according to the new L+35 ratings this week. The show is also the No. 1 new cable drama of the summer in the network’s key demos (women 18-34 and females 12-34) and was Freeform’s highest-ever debut with male viewers (men 18-49).

TV UPDATES

Upcoming Season of FX’s “American Horror Story” Titled “Apocalypse”
The upcoming season of FX’s “American Horror Story,” which 
involves the crossover between the prior seasons of “Murder House” and “Coven” — has a title: “Apocalypse.”

“Murder One” concluded in 2011 with the birth of Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) and Tate Langdon’s (Evan Peters) child — aka the Antichrist. While the series ended with the child being raised by his grandmother, Jessica Lange’s Constance Langdon, his future, of course, was in question.

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” premieres on Wednesday, September 12.

PI Poll: Who is your least favorite houseguest on CBS’ “Big Brother” this season? To participate, click here 

Life for “The Conners” Lives On – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Showtime will premiere the comedy special “Just Another Immigrant: Romesh at the Greek” from comedian and star of the network’s series “Just Another Immigrant,” on Friday, July 27 at 11:30 p.m. ET. The logline: Cameras followed the UK comedian as he moved to Los Angeles and committed to selling out the 6,000-seat theater. “Just Another Immigrant: Romesh at the Greek” is the grand finale to Ranganathan’s journey in America. To watch and share a clip from the special, clickhere

Original Netflix film “Nappily Ever After” will be available for streaming globally onFriday, Sept. 21. The logline: Violet Jones (Sanaa Lathan) has a seemingly perfect life — a high-powered job, an eligible doctor boyfriend and a meticulously maintained, flawless coiffure.  But after a life-changing event doesn’t go according to her plan, and a hair-raising incident at the hairdresser, her life begins to unravel. Eventually, Violet realizes that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one she really wanted.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Discovery offers specials “Monster Tag,” “Great White Abyss” and “Cuba’s Secret Shark Lair”“Chopped” opens a new season on Food…“Whose Line is it Anyway?” hits episode No. 100 on The CW….For the programming options on Monday, July 23, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Let’s Play Ball

What position did Sam Malone (Ted Danson) play for the Boston Red Sox before buying the bar on NBC sitcom “Cheers”?

a) catcher
b) center fielder
c) pitcher
d) shortstop
e) he did not play for the Boston Red Sox

The answer to Friday’s question…

The original “One Day at a Time,” which aired on CBS from 1975 to 1984, had a different working title. What was it?

a) “All About Us”
b) “The Concrete Jungle”
c) “Makin’ It”
d) “On Our Own”
e) “Together We Stand”

is: a) “All About Us.” “One Day at a Time” was initially written as a star vehicle for Whitney Blake and her daughter Meredith Baxter, about Blake’s own real-life experiences raising her daughter. The show idea was originally shopped around to all the networks back in the 1960s, but stayed in development until Norman Lear bought it in 1974, at which point, Blake and Meredith were considered too old to play the parts. 

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Steve Bitterman, Larry Collins, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers