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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Orson Welles made his television debut in the live “Omnibus” production of “King Lear” on CBS in 1953. Hosted by Alistair Cooke, “Omnibus” showcased dramatic plays, literary readings, documentary-style films, operas, ballet and symphony performances…The Jackson Five made their first national television appearance on ABC variety hour “The Hollywood Palace” in 1969…ABC sitcom “Roseanne” began its nine season run in 1988…Celebrity Birthdays:  Rock singer Chuck Berry is 90; “Gilligan’s Island” star Dawn Wells is 78; Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme is 56; Erin Moran from “Happy Days” fame is also 56; Actor Zac Efron is 29; Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”) is 25.

Did You Know?
“Roseanne” initially debuted out of “Who’s the Boss?” in the Tuesday 8:30 p.m. half-hour and finished season one ranked second overall in all of primetime (behind NBC’s “The Cosby Show”).  By season two, it tied “The Cosby Show” for first and remained ranked in the Top 4 through season six.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Monday 10/17/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.1/10, ABC: 6.0/10, CBS: 5.1/ 8, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +100 Fox: +19, NBC: -8, ABC: -18, CBS: -20

-Winners: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Supergirl” (CW), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
-Modest: “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “The Odd Couple” (CBS)
-Losers: “Gotham” (Fox), “Jane the Virgin” (CW), “Conviction” (ABC), “Timeless” (NBC)

-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC topped the Monday overnights, inching past No. 2 ABC by two percent in households.  But the home of “The Voice,” of course, will hold a far larger advantage in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics).  In the 8-10 p.m. overnight battle of “The Voice” (7.3 rating/11 share) versus “Dancing With the Stars” (7.4/11), ABC held a one-tenth of a rating point advantage.  But year-to-year, “Dancing With the Stars” slipped by 14 percent (versus a 8.6/13 on 10/19/15), while “The Voice” was on par the 7.5/11 one year earlier.

Both ABC and NBC continue to lag in the new drama department at 10 p.m., with NBC’s “Timeless” (#2: 3.8/ 6) and ABC’s “Conviction” (#3: 3.2/ 6) trailing year-ago time period occupants “Blindspot” (4.8/ 8 on 10/19/15) and “Castle” (4.7/ 8) by 21 percent and 32 percent, respectively.  Compared to the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, “Timeless” slipped from “The Voice” (7.4/11) by 49 percent, while “Conviction” dropped from “Dancing With the Stars” (7.5/12) by 37 percent.

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


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Source: Nielsen Media Research


TBS Orders Tracy Morgan Sitcom
TBS has placed a 10-episode straight-to-series order for an untitled single camera sitcom headlined by Tracy Morgan created and executive produced by Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele”) and John Carcieri (“Vice Principals”).  Originally set up at FX with a pilot order, Morgan will be featured as a convict released from jail for good behavior after 15-years who is surprised to see just how much the world has changed in his absence. Returning to his newly-gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, Tracy discovers that his former girlfriend has married an affable, successful white man, who is helping raise his twin sons he never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tracy falls back on the skills he learned in prison to make ends meet while treading on unfamiliar territory.

This Morgan sitcom became available in recent months after FX passed on it and both Comedy Central expressed interest.

The CW Picks Up Terry Crews Holiday Specials
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews will be featured in “Terry Crews Saves Christmas,” a week-long series of specials on The CW from Electus.  In each episode, Crews, joined by a team featuring food, beverage and design experts, will visit a hopeless holiday enthusiast and will put them through a crash-course in how to do Christmas right.  Produced by Tim Warren (“Bar Rescue”), Christopher Grant, Drew Buckley, Justin Dudek, and Max Levenson of Electus, “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” will premiere on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and will run hour-long episodes on Tuesday through Thursday that week leading into a two-hour finale on Friday, Dec. 23.

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CBS Renews “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait” and “MacGyver” for Full Seasons
CBS has extended the episode orders of freshman dramas “Bull” and “MacGyver” and freshman sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” starring Kevin James, with nine additional episodes past the initial 13.  That brings the total episodes for the trio in season one to 22.  Effective on Monday, Oct. 24, “Kevin Can Wait” moves to Monday at 8 p.m. into the debut of new Matt LeBlanc sitcom “Man With a Plan” (and will have to stand on its own without the lead-in support from “The Big Bang Theory,” which moves back into the Thursday 8 p.m. half-hour on Oct. 27).

Eight of the 20 new network series this fall, to-date, have been picked-up for the remainder of the new season including ABC’s “Designated Survivor” and “Speechless,” NBC’s “This Is Us” and “Lethal Weapon” on Fox.

CBS Cancels “BrainDead” and “American Gothic”
On the heels of the three new fall series pickups comes word from CBS that summer dramas “BrainDead” and “American Gothic” will not be continuing.  Both aired for only one season and only “Zoo” will remain in production of the three original scripted dramas on CBS this past summer.

“BrainDead” debuted in June to over 4.5 million viewers but lost steam throughout its13-episode run with the final episode on Sept. 11 bringing in just 2.15 million viewers. And “American Gothic” also struggled to find an audience with its highest-rated episode bringing in just under 3.6 million viewers.

“BrainDead” Robert and Michelle King are now busy with the upcoming untitled “The Good Wife” spin-off on CBS All Access.

AMC Renews “The Walking Dead” for Season Eight
AMC, not surprisingly, has issued an eighth season pickup to mega-hit with an order for 16 new episodes in 2017.  Also returning will be Chris Hardwick-hosted after-show “The Talking Dead.”

“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement, referencing the infamous taunting by the villainous Negan during the season six cliffhanger. “What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring “The Walking Dead” to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”

AMC previously renewed “The Walking Dead” spin-off “Fear the Walking Dead” for a third season, which will also at an undisclosed time in 2017.


ABC to Stack All Episodes of its Freshman Series on Digital Platforms
ABC will make all episodes of newbies “American Housewife,” “Speechless,” “Conviction,” “Designated Survivor” and “Notorious,” plus returning “Dancing with the Stars,” “Quantico,” “The Real O’Neals” and “Secrets and Lies”  available onABC.com and the ABC app for desktop, mobile and connected TV devices.  Also featured digitally will be “American Crime,” “The Bachelor,” “The Big Fan,” Downward Dog,” “Imaginary Mary,” “Time After Time,” and the mini-series event “When We Rise” in midseason.   Episodes from most series will also be available on Hulu and via select MVPD On-Demand platforms, including Xfinity and DIRECTV.

ABC.com and the ABC app enable all users nationwide to access the five most recent episodes of their favorite shows for free on-demand, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Modern Family” and “Scandal.”  Additionally, viewers who authenticate with a participating pay TV provider have several advantages, including the ability to watch a 24-hour live network stream in select markets; access to the most recent episodes of ABC series and news programs the day after they air; and now access to every episode of this season’s new series.

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Scripted drama “The Fosters” will return on Freeform with a new batch of season four episodes on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 8 pm. ET.  “The Fosters” leads into the fifth – and final – season of “Switched at Birth” at 9 p.m. ET.  The final season of “Switched at Birth” will include the topical issue of campus race relations — culminating with an episode told from the perspective of several African-American characters — and the milestone 100th episode of the series.

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 Tuesday of the new television season?  Click here
2. Happy 65th Birthday to “I Love Lucy.”  What is your favorite episode? Click here
3. What is your current favorite daytime game show? Click here
The broadcast networks offer a night of all regularly scheduled originals.  MTV airs an original episode of “Scream” themed to Halloween.  Docuseries “Jill & Jessa: Counting On” concludes for the season on TLC.  For the complete listing for Tuesday, Oct. 18, click here  
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Forrest Gump on Camera

Whose talk show did Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) appear on sitting next to former Beatle John Lennon in 1994 Best Picture Oscar winner “Forrest Gump”?

a) Johnny Carson
b) Dick Cavett
c) Phil Donahue
d) Mike Douglas
e) Merv Griffin

The answer to yesterday’s question…

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

Is…a) Scott Bakula, who appeared as Jim Olmeyer in 1999 Oscar winner “American Beauty.”

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Gerry Bixenspan, Tom Condosta, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Jody McIntyre, Gordon Purcell, Larry Smith

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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.