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Friday, October 7, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
“Ol’ Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra, debuted on CBS variety hour “The Frank Sinatra Show” in 1950.  It lasted two seasons…A half-hour primetime edition of “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark, opened on ABC in 1957.  It ran for just three months…ABC detective drama “Hawaiian Eye,” starring Robert Conrad, Anthony Eisley and Connie Stevens, began its four season run in 1959…”Route 66” with Martin Milner and George Maharis, opened its also four season run on CBS in 1960.  A revival of “Route 66” on NBC in 1993 lasted four episodes…Celebrity Birthdays:  Simon Cowell is 57; Singer Toni Braxton is 49; Season five “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks is 40.

Did You Know?
“Hawaiian Eye” was one of four ABC/Warner Brother Television detective series produced in the late 1950s/early 1960s that often featured crossovers.  The others were “77 Sunset Strip” (1958-64), “Bourbon Street Beat”(1959-60) and “Surfside Six” (1960-62).

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 10/06/16

Note: Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach are not included in the following averages.

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.2/10, ABC: 4.3/ 7, NBC: 4.0/ 7, Fox: 2.7/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
NBC: +11, Fox: no change, CBS: -21, CW: -30, ABC: -32

“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), Thursday Night Football (CBS), “Chicago Med” (NBC),

“Rosewood” (Fox), ‘iHeartRadio Music Festival” (CW), “Notorious” (ABC), “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)


Ratings Breakdown:
Naturally, Thursday Night Football led CBS to overnight household victory.  The match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers averaged an estimated 6.7 rating/11 share in the household overnights for the CBS coverage of the game.  Regardless, this was still 21 percent below the 8.5/14 for the year ago football game, which makes this one of the lower rated match-ups.  As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

In episode three news, ABC drama “Notorious” was equal to one week earlier with a 3.4/ 5 in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m.  So, the positive spin is the consistency.  But “Notorious” was still 44 percent below lead-in “Grey’s Anatomy” (#1: 6.1/10 at 8 p.m.).  It was 50 percent below former time period occupant “Scandal” on the year-ago evening (6.8/11 on 10/08/15).  And this 3.4 overnight household rating last week translated into only 4.51 million viewers and a 1.1 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data.

With the modest lead-in support from “Notorious,” “How To Get Away With Murder” remained depressed at a third-place 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m.  Comparably, this was 39 percent below the 5.6/10 on the year-ago evening.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here


Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 10/03/16: Click here
-Tuesday 10/04/16: Click here
-Wednesday 10/05/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Amazon Greenlights Horror Anthology Series “Lore”
Amazon announced at Comic Con in New York yesterday that it is moving forward on a horror anthology series called “Lore,” which is based on the podcast of the same name.  Described as an “unscripted” series, the show will “present tales dealing with frightening, psychologically disturbing, and often paranormal true events that have spawned modern-day nightmares.”
“Lore” will be produced by Propagate Content and Valhalla Entertainment, with Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”), Ben Silverman (“The Office”), Howard T. Owens (“The Biggest Loser”), Brett-Patrick Jenkins (“Face Off”) and Aaron Mahnke serving as executive producers. Glen Morgan (“X-Files”) is attached as showrunner and Phillip Kobylanski is supervising the project on behalf of Valhalla.

Launched in March last year, “Lore’s” look at true-life scary stories, the paranormal and the origins of vampires, zombies and the horror genre in general in podcast format has over 3.2 million monthly listens.

NBC Orders Mindy Kaling/Charlie Grandy Sitcom Pilot
“The Mindy Project” star and creator Mindy Kaling and executive producer Charlie Grandy are teaming up for a new potential single-camera sitcom for NBC focusing  on a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lives with his younger brother, who is described as a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out (reminiscent of “Two and a Half Men”) is put on hold when they have to take in the older brother’s son — whom they have never met.  Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment are the production companies, along with the star’s firm Kaling International, Inc.

“The Mindy Project,” which aired on Fox for three seasons, was picked up by Hulu and recently began its fifth season (and second on the digital streamer).


Freeform Renews “Stitchers” for Season Three
Freeform has greenlit procedural drama “Stitchers” for a third season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2017.

Debuting on Sept. 29, 2014, follows Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta), who has been recruited into a government agency to be “stitched” into the memories of people recently deceased to investigate murders and mysteries that otherwise would have gone unsolved. Cameron (Kyle Harris), a brilliant neuroscientist, assists Kirsten in the secret program headed by Maggie, a skilled covert operator. The program also includes Linus (Ritesh Rajan), a bioelectrical engineer and communications technician. Camille (Allison Scagliotti), Kirsten’s roommate and a computer science grad student, is also recruited to assist Kirsten as a “stitcher”. Added to the team is LAPD Detective Quincy Fisher (Damon Dayoub) who after crossing paths with Kirsten ends up recruited to the program.


Steve Burton to Exit “The Young and the Restless”
Steve Burton announced on Twitter that he will be departing from veteran CBS daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” in December.  “Hey everyone, with lots of reflection, I have decided to move on from @YandR_CBS at the end of my contract in December,” the actor who plays Dylan McAvoy tweeted Thursday night.

Burton joined “Young and the Restless” in 2013 after previously appearing on “Out of This World,” “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives.” He was also an original cast member of “General Hospital: Night Shift.”


MTV will launch “The Impossible Game Show” on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. ET.  From the producers of “Wipe Out,” “The Almost Impossible Game Show” is based on the popular UK series of the same name. Each episode features six neon-clad contestants taking on simple, yet hilariously difficult games. Comedy duo The Rubber Bandits provide anarchic commentary and their own twisted take as the contestants try to make the almost-impossible possible!

The new season of “Edge of Alaska” opens on Discovery on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. ET.  The scoop: Deep in the wilderness of Alaska, accessible only by bush plane or treacherous dirt road lies McCarthy, population 42. One of America’s last frontier towns, only those with true skills and determination can survive in this harsh, remote environment. While many came here to escape modern society and live independent and free, one resident has a vision to capitalize on McCarthy’s scenic landscape for what could be one of America’s greatest and most unique tourism opportunities.

Nickelodeon will premiere original movie “Legends of the Hidden Temple,”inspired by the network’s 1990s game show of the same name, on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET.  “The Legends of the Hidden Temple” follows three siblings, Sadie (Isabela Moner), Noah (Colin Critchley), and Dudley (Jet Jurgensmeyer), who break away from a lackluster tour in a jungle, finding themselves immersed in a high-stakes adventure comprised of obstacles that they must complete in order to escape alive. The TV movie will feature elements from the original game show including: Olmec, a talking stone head who greets anyone who dares to enter the temple; The Steps of Knowledge, the entrance to the temple and launching pad for the mission; and cameos from a green monkey, red jaguar, and silver snakes, among others.

2016 MLB Postseason TV Schedule on Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network
The 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason has arrived.  Through Nov. 2, a champion will be determined among the 10 teams involved. The league’s broadcast partners this playoff season include Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network.  For the dates of the games, click here

Television Series Arriving on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in October 2016
New original and off-network series titles for the month of October will appear on the streaming video services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.  For the listing, click here


“1776” is Alive and Well at the John Engeman Theater
If you happen to be a history buff who likes musicals, or vice versa, and you don’t feel like spending that proverbial “arm and leg” for a Broadway production, I have a solution.  The show is called “1776,” which runs until November 6.  The outlet is the landmark John W. Engeman Theater in the picturesque town of Northport, New York.  And the experience, unless you are a past attendee at this regional playhouse, will leave you wondering why it took you so long to discover this memorable outlet.

“1776,” for course, is no stranger to anyone who fancies themselves as a musical theater aficionado.  The 1969 Tony Award winning production, with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone, is based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It dramatizes the efforts of frustrated John Adams (played here by Jamie LaVeriere, who adeptly mixes angst and moments of comedy and romance) to persuade his colleagues in the thirteen colonies to vote for American independence and to sign the document.

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The CW offers night two of the ‘iHeartRadio Music Festival.”  All five broadcast networks are in originals.  WE debuts “My Life is a Telenovela.”  Two season premieres: “Hellevator” on GSN and “Marriage Boot Camp” on WE.  For the complete listing for Friday, Oct. 7, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Friday Flashback

Which one of the following five dramas was not regularly scheduled on Friday in October 1986?

a) “The A-Team”
b) “Dallas”
c) “L.A. Law”
d) “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”
e) “Simon & Simon”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which crime solving drama had the longest run in primetime?

a) “Castle”
b) “Cold Case”
c) “CSI: NY”
d) “N.Y.P.D. Blue”
e) “Without a Trace”

Is…d) “N.Y. P.D. Blue,” which aired on ABC from 1993-2005.  As for the others:

-“Castle” (ABC): 2009-16
-“Cold Case” (CBS): 2003-2010
-“CSI: NY” (CBS): 2004-13
-“Without a Trace” (CBS): 2002-09

Trivia All-Stars
Jordan Bienstock, Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, Andy Ehlen, Kerry Hughes, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Debra Kainer, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Terrence Moss, Richard Naldrett, Jenni O’Malley, Alan Perris, Alex Petrilli, Jr., Greg Phelan, Michael Ratliffe, Joe Rubi