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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
CBS debuted summer scripted drama “2000 Malibu Road” in 1992.  It starred Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Beals, Brian Bloom, Scott Bryce and Lisa Hartman, and it ran for six episodes… A total of 51.7 million viewers tuned in to see Richard Hatch win $1 million on the season one finale of CBS’ “Survivor” in 2000.  Fourteen years later and “Survivor” will open edition No. 33 on Sept. 21.  For a look at the cast, click here …Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Rick Springfield is 68; Former “Cheers” star Shelley Long is 67; Reality star Caroline Manzo is 55; “Hawaii Five-O’s” Scott Caan is 40; NBA great Kobe Bryant is 38.
RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Monday 8/22/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 3.7/ 6, ABC: 3.4/ 6, CBS: 2.7/ 5, Fox: 2.1/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change From Saturday 7/04/15:
NBC: +42, ABC: +17, CBS: -13, Fox: -19, CW:-33

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here
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Live + Same Day Data
Monday 8/15/16: Click here
Tuesday 8/16/16: Click here
Wednesday 8/17/16: Click here
Thursday 8/18/16: Click here
Friday 8/19/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Netflix Orders New Comedy “Friends From College”
Netflix has announced a new comedy series, “Friends from College,” from Nick Stoller (“Neighbors,” “Neighbors: Sorority Rising,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) and Francesca Delbanco.  The husband and wife team will serve as executive producers and writers on the series and Stoller will also direct all eight episodes.  Production will begin this fall in New York.

“Friends From College” will center on a group of friends who went to Harvard together and are now facing down their forties and experiencing a range of success, or lack thereof, both professionally and domestically.  With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another, the series is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.  The cast will include Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”), Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”), Annie Parisse (“Vinyl”), Nat Faxon (“American Dad,” “Ben & Kate”), Fred Savage (“The Grinder,” “The Wonder Years”) and Jae Suh Park (“The Mindy Project,” “The Big Short”).

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

TV Land Cancels “The Jim Gaffigan Show”
TV Land has opted against a third season of scripted sitcom “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” which debuted on July 15, 2015 and aired its final official episode this past Sunday.  Gaffigan starred as a fictionalized version of himself as a stand-up comedian raising five children in a two-bedroom New York City apartment, and he produced the series alongside his wife Jeannie.  A total of 23 episodes were produced.

“We are really proud of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and the amazing comedy that Jim, Jeannie, the cast, the creative team and JAX Media have made for us,” the network said in a statement. “After two great seasons, we have mutually agreed to not move forward with season three of the series. We have an incredible amount of respect for everyone involved, and are grateful to them for bringing their passion and dedication to The Jim Gaffigan Show.”

NOTES OF INTEREST

NBC’s ratings for the 2016 Rio Olympics fail to impress
From Campaign US: Referring to the 2016 Rio Olympics as “the most ambitious media event in history,” NBC, as promised, provided more ways to consume more hours of content across more platforms than any Olympics ever.   It was the first time the network simultaneously streamed its broadcast coverage, including primetime, on digital platforms. But what NBC isn’t talking about as it touts the just-concluded games as attracting the second-highest primetime audience for any non-U.S. Summer Games is that most advertisers will have to be issued make-goods due to the fact that the network failed to meet projected ratings.

Based on the average minute viewing across broadcast, cable and digital, the total viewing for the 15 nights of competition was an average of 27.5 million viewers in primetime per night (from Saturday, August 6 through Saturday, August 20, according to national data from Nielsen). The 2012 London Olympics still holds the top spot among the non-domestic games, with an average audience of 30.3 million viewers (based on just the NBC broadcast network in primetime). Comparably, despite the added eyeballs brought by cable and digital streaming, Rio trailed London by 9 percent. It scored an average 7.5 rating among adults 18-49 in primetime, which was a considerable 21% below the 9.5 rating in the demo in London.  For more at Campaign US, click here

“Crime Watch Daily” Gets New Title and Host
First-run strip “Crime Watch Daily” from Warner Bros. will have a new host and a new name when the show premieres its second season on Monday, September 12.  Veteran investigative journalist Chris Hansen is joining the series, which will now be called “Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen.”  Hansen is the crime reporter best known for his headline-making investigations on NBC’s “Dateline,” where he helped put 300 predators behind bars with his hidden camera series “To Catch a Predator.”

Hansen will bring his “Predator” franchise back to life on the show in a revamped, broader-reaching new signature series called “Hansen vs. Predator.” In these segments, Hansen will help bust a new breed of child predators that can now target children through a myriad of new social media platforms. He will also go after predatory teachers, dirty politicians, financial scammers and even celebrities.

America’s Heroes Channel Airs “School Yourself”-Themed Labor Day Marathon
American Heroes Channel (AHC) will present a day long marathon of “America: Facts vs. Fiction” themed “School Yourself” beginning on Monday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. ET and concluding with an all-new episode at 10 p.m. ET.  Hosted by former naval officer and actor Jamie Kaler, the series digs deep into many myths and legends to explore how and why historical details are sometimes altered to produce a more compelling narrative.

The “School Yourself” initiative also marks the beginning of a new partnership between AHC and Barnes & Noble to launch a curated collection of books that will be available exclusively on BN.com starting on Saturday, September 3.  The AHC Collection of books will feature topics — from the Civil War, to the upcoming 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor — tied to major programming launches and commemorative stunts airing on AHC. The AHC Collection provides viewers a deeper dive into the topics they enjoy watching with new and bestselling releases spanning World Wars I and II, world history, and ancient history. For more information, please visit: BN.com/AmericanHeroes.

Seewee Entertainment Clears “Woodward Dream Cruise” in Over 80 Percent of the U.S.
Sewee Entertainment has cleared WXYZ-ABC Detroit’s (Scripps TV) annual one hour summer special “The Woodward Dream Cruise” in over 80 percent of the country.  Key broadcasters include WABC, WLS, WPVI, KGO, WTVD, WSB, and the entire Scripps TV Station Group.  Filmed live in Detroit over a four-day period, The Woodward Dream Cruise is the largest automotive event in the world annually. For further information contact Tim Voit at 843-224-3444.

Casting News
Rupert Grint (the “Harry Potter” film franchise) will star in upcoming Crackle scripted drama “Snatch.”  Based on the movie of the same name and inspired by a real life heist in London, “Snatch” centers on a group of twenty-something, up and coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend.  “Snatch” will premiere in 2017 with 10 one hour episodes.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“The Big Interview,” hosted by Dan Rather, will return on AXS TV with nine new episodes beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. ET.  The series features exclusive, in-depth discussions with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including rock legend Neil Diamond in this fourth season opener.

“Willie Velazquez: Your Vote is Your Voice,” a VOCES/PBS Election 2016 special narrated by Luis Valdez, will premiere on PBS on Monday, October 3 at 10:30 ET.  The descriptor: Throughout American history, Latinos were often kept from the ballot box through the use of poll taxes, gerrymandering and outright intimidation. But drawing inspiration from the Civil Rights movement, Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers movement, and the protests against the war in Vietnam, Willie Velasquez’s Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project (SVREP) would change the face of American politics by harnessing the power of the Latino vote in unprecedented ways.

PI POLLS
1. What grade would you give the 2016 Rio Olympics in its entirety?  Click here
2. Who was your favorite member of The Three Stooges?  Click here
3. What is your favorite series based on a comic book? Click here
4. Who is your favorite late night talk show host?  Click here
5. What new network sitcom are you looking forward to the most this fall?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
NBC debuts comical reality series “Better Late Than Never,” featuring William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye.  ABC offers anniversary special “The View: 20 Years in the Making.”  And comedy “Casual” concludes for the season on Hulu.  For the complete primetime schedule for Tuesday, August 23, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Following “Friends”

Which one of the following NBC sitcoms was never regularly scheduled following “Friends” on Thursday?

a) “Inside Schwartz”
b) “Jesse”
c) “The Single Guy”
d) “Suddenly Susan”
e) “Union Square”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Remember made-for TV movie “Mary and Rhoda” on ABC in 2000, which reunited Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper’s iconic TV characters?  At the time, Rhoda Morgenstern-Gerard-Rousseau had just moved back to New York.  But where was she living prior to New York?

a) London
b) Los Angeles
c) Montreal
d) Paris
e) Rome

…Is: d) Paris.  Originally conceived as a spin-off series, “Mary and Rhoda” aired as just a two-hour movie.  And there was not one word of mention about any of the other characters from their two prospective sitcoms.  Oh…Mary!  Oh…Rhoda!

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, Jim Forkan, Suzy Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Mary Kinoshita, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Michelle Stanton

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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.