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Monday, September 19, 2016
The New TV Season Begins!
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Mary Tyler Moore “made it after all” in her self-titled CBS comedy, which premiered in 1970.  It aired for seven seasons and spun-off “Rhoda,” “Phyllis” and “Lou Grant.”  Other series premieres: “Highway to Heaven” on NBC in 1984, syndicated action/adventure “Renegade” in 1992, “ER” on NBC in 1994, “Judging Amy” on CBS in 1999, and Eye net sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” in 2005…Celebrity Birthdays: Adam “Batman” West is 88; “NCIS” star David McCallum is 83; Former “Emergency!” star Randolph Mantooth is 71; Oscar winner Jeremy Irons is 68; Model Twiggy is 67; “Real Housewife” Kim Richards is 52; Country singer Trisha Yearwood is also 52; NBC’s Jimmy Fallon is 42; Daytime soap star Alison Sweeney is 40.

Did You Know?:
Although “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is credited for being the first sitcom to focus on a single, independent woman, that accolade actually goes to “That Girl,” which starred Marlo Thomas and aired on ABC from 1996-71…“ER,”which ran for 15 seasons, was the top-rated show in all of primetime in the 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1998-99 seasons.  Overall, it finished in the Top 5 from 1994 to 2003 and is the longest running medical drama in the history of television.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Note: The daily overnight ratings analysis is back!

Sunday 9/18/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 10.7/17, CBS: 8.3/13, ABC: 7.2/12, Fox: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +443, CBS: +102, NBC: -13, Fox: 87

-Ratings Analysis:
The dramatic percent shift for ABC and Fox last night was a result of Fox airing “The Emmy Awards” on the year-ago evening.  That said, “The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards” on ABC, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, dipped to an estimated 8.4 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m., which comparatively was down by three percent from the 8.7/14 on Fox on the year-ago evening.  That 8.7 overnight rating translated into 11.87 million viewers, based on the Live + Same Day data, which was an all-time low for any Emmys telecast.  For the complete listing of winners, click here

The “Sunday Night Football” match-up on NBC was between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, and it was below average (but still very dominant) at an estimated 13.7/22 in the household overnights for the primetime portion.  One year earlier, the Seattle Seahawks at the Green Bay Packers scored 16.3/27.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was “Football Night in America” at a 2.0/ 4 (#4) at 7 p.m., a 4.9/ 8 (#2) at 7:30 p.m. and an 8.7/14 (#1t) in the 8 p.m. half-hour.  As a reminder, results for any live event are always estimated.

Individual program averages on CBS are approximate due to an NFL Football overrun, which scored a 14.6/26 (#1) in the 7 p.m. half-hour.  That led into a later version of “60 Minutes” (which included some of the football overrun) at a 9.9/17 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by part one of “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey” at a very respectable 7.1/11 from 8:30-10:30 p.m.  A repeat of “NCIS: Los Angeles” capped off the night for CBS with a 3.6/ 6 from 10:30-11:30 p.m.

Fox was in all repeats care of two episodes of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: avg. 1.6/ 3 from 7-8 p.m.) and “The “Simpsons” (#4: avg. 1.2/ 2 from 8-9 p.m.), and “Family Guy” (#4: 1.3/ 2) and “The Last Man of Earth” (#4: 0.9/ 1) from 9-10 p.m.

For the overnight breakdown by network and individual show, clickhere

The Best and Worst of Summer TV: Click here


Fast Affiliate Data
-Friday 9/17/16: Click here
-Saturday 9/18/16: Click here

Live + Same Day 
-Monday 9/12/16: Click here
-Tuesday 9/13/16: Click here
-Wednesday 9/14/16: Click here
-Thursday 9/15/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


A&E Orders Docuseries “Little Funny”
A&E Network has ordered the new docuseries tentatively called “Little Funny” from This is Just a Test, Telepictures and A Very Good Production.  From executive producer Ellen DeGeneres, “Little Funny” will follow 11-year-old up-and-coming comedian Saffron Herndon as she sharpens her stand-up act.

The scoop: Saffron, or Saffy, as she prefers to be called, is not like most 11-year olds. She spends her nights performing at her local comedy club and her days trying to understand why her friends don’t get her jokes. Her dream is to be a famous standup comedian with an illustrious career like her idol, Ellen DeGeneres.

“Little Funny” is produced for A&E Network by This is Just a Test, Telepictures and A Very Good Production. Executive producers for This is Just a Test are Aengus James and Colin King Miller.  Executive producers for A Very Good Production are Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Colleen Conway Grogan.


68th Primetime Emmy Awards: And the Winners Were…
“The People v. O.J. Simpson” on FX was the big individual series winner at the “68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” with nine Emmy Award wins including Outstanding Limited Series and acting trophies for Lead Actor (Courtney B. Vance), Lead Actress (Sarah Paulson) and Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown) in a Limited Series or a Movie.  But “Game of Thrones” has now won more Emmys than any other primetime TV show in the history of television.  The HBO fantasy drama won three awards last night, pushing its lifetime total number of Emmys to 38 – one more than NBC sitcom “Frasier,” the previous all-time record holder.  “Game of Thrones” was named Outstanding Drama, with wins for Writing and Directing in a Drama Series.

HBO’s “Veep” was also a repeat winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus was named Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row.  Jeffrey Tambor, meanwhile, took home his second consecutive Emmy Award for Amazon’s “Transparent.”  And Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series went to Rami Malek for USA’s “Mr. Robot” and Tatiana Maslany for BBC America’s “Orphan Black,” both first time winners.

Overall, and including the Creative Arts Emmy winners, HBO stood well above any competitor this year, with 43 wins.  Next was NBC at 12 (including “The Voice” for Outstanding Reality Series).

While The Emmys, of course, took time to remember the departed, with individual pieces for Garry Shandling and producer Garry Marshall, a major oversight in the “In Memoriam” listing was “The Waltons” creator Earl Hamner, Jr., who got an early start as a writer on “The Twilight Zone.”

For a complete listing of the winners at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, click here

Lady Gaga to Headline the Super Bowl LI Halftime Show
Pop music superstar Lady Gaga has officially signed on to perform at Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017. The event will be televised on Fox.

The Grammy-award winning artist’s current single, “Perfect Illusion” was released on Sep. 9. That song is from her upcoming album, “Joanne”, Gaga’s first solo album in three years, set for an Oct. 21 release.  Lady Gaga is not a stranger to the Super Bowl stage, having sung the Star-Spangled Banner at the start of Super Bowl 50 back in February 2016.  Recent artists to have headlined the Super Bowl halftime show were Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Madonna.

Casting News
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“BrainDead”) has joined the cast of the upcoming third season of FX drama “Fargo.”  She will play Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing, and she joins previously announced Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon.


Showtime Cancels “Roadies”
Showtime has opted against a second season of Cameron Crowe’s musical drama “Roadies,” which followed the behind-the-scenes crews that bring tours to life. The series, which starred Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots, concluded its 10-episode run with just over 500,000 viewers based on the Live+3 Day data from Nielsen on August 28.

Writer and director Crowe announced the cancellation in a post on his The Uncool site. “Though we could tell a thousand more stories, this run ends with a complete ten-hour tale of music and love,” Crowe wrote. “Like a song that slips under your skin, or a lyric that keeps speaking to you, we hope the spell of “Roadies” lingers. It was life-changing experience for all of us.”

“Roadies” is now the third music-related television series to be axed in recent months following HBO’s “Vinyl” and FX’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” “Nashville” was also canceled by ABC, but CMT has given it new life for a fifth season.


“Kevin Can Wait” Review: Kevin James Returns for Another CBS Sitcom 
From The Wrap: Considering the successful run of “The King of Queens” on CBS back in the day, it’s no surprise that Kevin James is back again on the network in another multi-camera comedy, playing essentially the same regular-guy character.

This time, James plays Kevin, a recently retired police officer living in Massapequa, New York, with his wife and three kids.  Like Doug Heffernan, the lovable lug on “King of Queens,” Kevin is a happy-go-lucky guy who likes to eat and have a good time.  He has a trio of buddies, also recently retired cops, and his wife is Donna, played by Erinn Hayes (“Childrens Hospital”).  Life Leah Remini, James’ wife on “The King of Queens,” Donna is the sensible member of this partnership.  For more, click here

Best New Network Series to Watch this Fall by Douglas Pucci
A new batch of prime shows will soon arrive at our television sets (and mobile devices). With many varied options, here are the top five new programs to look forward to this fall season:

5 – “Bull” (CBS) – Tuesday 9 p.m. ET
Michael Weatherly remains on the same network and the same night, Tuesday, in this new legal drama starring in the role as Dr. Jason Bull, head of a major trial consulting firm tasked to construct advantageous juries for their clients. The series is based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. While it is, in essence, another attempt by CBS to re-introduce the know-it-all witty smart aleck (a la “The Mentalist”), it works somewhat effectively here with Weatherly whose Dr. Bull character isn’t as flawless as he appears. “Bull” probably won’t attain the buzz from the supposed “in” TV crowd (this is CBS, after all, which caters to older viewers with its scripted dramas), but it’s certainly a suitable fit on the night, sandwiched in between Weatherly’s former show “NCIS” and its recent spin-off “NCIS: New Orleans.”

For more, click here

1. What network series are you most looking forward to on this first night of the 2016-17 television season? Click here
3. What upcoming new network drama are you most interested in watching this fall?  Click here
The new TV season begins! Series premieres: CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” and two episodes of NBC comedy “The Good Place,” which is being previewed out of the season premiere of “The Voice” at 10 p.m.  Other season-openers: “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and Fox dramas “Gotham” and “Lucifer.”  For the complete primetime schedule for Monday, September 19, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
A Quartet of Emmys for One Role

Last night, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding lead Actress in a Comedy for HBO’s “Veep.”  Which one of the following five actresses also won five Emmys for playing one particular role?

a) Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
b) Valerie Harper (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Rhoda”)
c) Mary Tyler Moore (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”)
d) Doris Roberts (“Everybody Loves Raymond”)
e) Jean Stapleton (“All in the Family”)

The answer to Friday’s question…

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

Is…c) 19.  But lovable “La Lucci” ended up getting an endorsement deal based on her historical losing streak!

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins, Bob Eisenstaedt, Ellen Foust, Jan Frazier, Maureen Goldman, Kerry Hughes, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Joe Rubi, Carol Teichman

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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.