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Monday, October 17, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Game show “The Hollywood Squares” debuted on NBC in 1966 in daytime with Ernest Borgnine in the center square. Peter Marshall was the host and the first week also featured Cliff Arquette (a.k.a. “Charlie Weaver”), Wally Cox, Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie and Abby Dalton…In 1999, HBO presented what it thought would be a one-time, one-hour special, “Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The show was presented as a mocumentary that followed David’s preparation for an upcoming HBO comedy special…Celebrity Birthdays: Country singer Alan Jackson is 58; Rapper Eminem is 44.

Did You Know?
Bert Parks was the host of “The Hollywood Squares” in the unaired pilot…“Storybook Squares,” a children’s version of “The Hollywood Squares,” aired on Saturday mornings on NBC from Jan. 4 to Aug. 30, 1969 and featured stars dressed as various fictional characters from television and fairy tales as well as historical figures from the past. It returned briefly in the 1976–77 season featuring entire families playing.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Sunday 10/16/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.0/11, Fox: 6.6/10, CBS: 6.2/10, ABC: 2.4/ 4

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +214, ABC: -23, NBC: -36, CBS: -38

Winners: Sunday Night Football (NBC)
A Reliable Combination: “60 Minutes” (CBS), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS), “Madam Secretary” (CBS)
Losers: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC), “Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “Son of Zorn” (Fox), “Secrets and Lies” (ABC), “Family Guy” (Fox), “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox), “Quantico” (ABC), “Elementary” (CBS)

Ratings Breakdown:
It was not the highest rated match-up by any means, but the Indianapolis Colts at the Houston Texans on “Sunday Night Football” led NBC to more overnight victory.  The game averaged an estimated 9.0 rating/15 share from 8:30-11 p.m., which compared to the New England Patriots at the Indianapolis Colts on the year-ago evening (14.6/23 on 10/18/15) was down by 38 percent.  As a reminder, results for any live sporting evening are always approximate.

Fox also benefited by football, with a primetime football overrun in the 7 p.m. half-hour at a massive 16.3/28 in the household overnights, followed by the combination of football and “The OT” at an also dominant 12.6/21 at 7:30 p.m.

Fox granddaddy “The Simpsons” got a boost courtesy of football, with a 4.7/ 7 in the overnights at 8 p.m.  But recent entry “Son of Zorn,” a hybrid of live action and animation, dipped to a 2.4/ 4 (#3) at 8:30 p.m., followed by “Family Guy” (#4: 2.3/ 4) and “The Last Man on Earth” (#4: 1.7/ 3) at typical depressed overnight levels from 9-10 p.m.

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

Fast Affiliate Results
-Friday 10/14/16: Click here
-Saturday 10/15/16: Click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Monday 10/10/16: Click here
-Tuesday 10/11/16: Click here
-Wednesday 10/12/16: Click here
-Thursday 10/13/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

PBS Corporate Sponsorships turn more viewers into buyers
Twice as many as cable!

PBS sponsorships are better:
• Uncluttered
• Category-exclusive
• Break-free, uninterrupted content
A better experience for viewers AND sponsors!

Contact SGPTV for the best sponsorships on PBS

*Source: SGPTV Harris Poll, Feb 2015, Nielsen Consumer Insights


Sundance Orders “Murder in the Heartland Blood: In Cold Revisited”
SundanceTV has ordered a four-part true crime documentary event series tentatively titled “Murder in the Heartland: In Cold Blood Revisited.”  The project focuses on the brutal murder of the Clutter family in a small Kansas town in 1959, and the resulting investigation, convictions and executions of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, chronicled in Truman Capote’s book, “In Cold Blood.” The series, produced and directed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger, will present a 360-degree view and re-examination of the crime and subsequent events.

SundanceTV has also obtained the rights to the 1967 Academy Award-nominated film “In Cold Blood,” starring Robert Blake, and will feature the film, in its 50th anniversary year, along with the new series as a true programming event.

“Murder in the Heartland: In Cold Blood Revisited,” an AMC Studios, RadicalMedia and Third Eye Motion Picture Company production, is expected to premiere on SundanceTV next year.  It coincides with the 50th year anniversary of the film version of Capote’s book, which starred Robert Blake and garnered four Academy Award nominations.

CBC and Comedy Central Team for Comedy “Crawford”
CBC in Canada and Comedy Central are teaming for new comedy series called “Crawford” from Rabbit Square Productions.  Created by Mike Clattenburg (“Trailer Park Boys”), and executive produced by Laura Michalchyshyn (“Trailer Park Boys,” “Chicagoland”), the half-hour series centers around a young man who, after a run of bad luck, moves back in with his parents and turns his natural ability to relate to raccoons into a successful business, all while navigating life with his eccentric family.

Production will begin in Toronto in 2017. Content Media will handle international distribution for the series.


Donald Trump Inspired Episode of “Law & Order: SVU” Put on Hold
NBC has opted against airing an episode of “Law & Order: SVU” two weeks before Election Day featuring a wealthy politician — played by actor Gary Cole — trying to pick up the pieces of his campaign after multiple women come forward accusing him of sexual assault.  The episode was originally slated for October 26 and the decision was made Friday afternoon following the women who have stepped forward with stories of groping or sexual assault against Donald Trump.

The episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” titled “Unstoppable,” had completed production long before the allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump erupted. The storyline for the episode is said to revolve around a lawsuit brought by a woman claiming to have been raped by the candidate when she was a teenager.


MTV Renews “Scream” for an Abbreviated Third Season
MTV has greenlit slasher drama “Scream” for a third season, but the order is only for six episodes.  The renewal comes ahead of the MTV’s two-hour “Scream” Halloween special tomorrow night, which sets the stage for the new season. It picks up eight months after Kieran’s (Amadeus Serafini) arrest (Kieran was revealed to be the killer at the end of season two).

Debuting on June 30, 2015, “Scream,” adapted from the horror anthology theatrical series of the same name, is set in the fictional town of Lakewood where a string of murders take place.

Syfy Re-Ups “Van Helsing” for Season Two
Syfy has issued a second season pickup to action-horror series “Van Helsing,” with production on the next round of 13-episodes scheduled to begin in October 2017.  Debuting on Sept. 23, “Van Helsing,” from Nomadic Pictures follows the last remaining underground vampires as they rise up rise up through a dark, ash-filled sky to overtake America. Vanessa Van Helsing (Kelly Overton, “True Blood”), a descendant of the legendary line of vampire hunters, awakens from a three-year coma to discover that she’s not only immune to the bloodthirsty predators – but also has the ability to make them human again. With this “cure” threatening the vampire’s existence and a target on her back, can Vanessa save humanity?

Described as a re-imagination of the “Dracula” brand, “Van Helsing” stars Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl, David Cubitt, Vincent Gale, Rukiya Bernard, Trezzo Mahoro, Aleks Paunovic, Laura Mennell, Tim Guinee and Paul Johansson.


“Married to Medicine,” which follows five dynamic women on the rise as they face high stakes in both their social circle and the medical world, will debut on Bravo on Friday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. ET with back-to-back episodes.  The series will air regularly Fridays at 10pm ET beginning Nov. 18.

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

1. What will you be watching on the broadcast networks on this fifth Monday of the new television season?  Click here
2. Happy 65th Birthday to “I Love Lucy.”  What is your favorite episode? Clickhere
3. What is your current favorite daytime game show? Click here
“The Odd Couple” on CBS and “Jane the Virgin” open their new seasons.  Lifetime airs original movie “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”  For the complete listing for Monday, Oct. 17, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Beam Me to an Oscar

Who was the only captain from a “Star Trek” series to have appeared in a movie that won the Academy Award for Best Picture?

a) Scott Bakula
b) Avery Brooks
c) Kate Mulgrew
d) William Shatner
e) Patrick Stewart
e) None of them did

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following five scripted dramas made it into a third season?

a) “The Guardian”
b) “Hack”
c) “Movin’ On”
d) “Petrocelli”
e) “That’s Life”

Is…a) “The Guardian,” which starred Simon Baker and aired on CBS from 2001-04.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Audrey Davis, Tony DeMauro, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Debra Kainer, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Joe Rubi

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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.