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Friday, October 21, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
CBS anthology series “Climax!” presented the first screen adaptation of an Ian Fleming James Bond novel in 1954. The novel was “Casino Royale,” Fleming’s first published work, and James Bond was played by Barry Nelson. In the live “Climax!” adaptation, Bond is an American agent working for “Combined Intelligence,” and is frequently referred to as “Jimmy.”…Celebrity Birthdays: “The Honeymooners” starJoyce Randolph is 92; Judge Judy Sheindlin is 74; Actress Carrie Fisher is 60;Kim Kardashian is 36; “Dancing With the Stars” competitor Amber Rose is 33.

Did You Know?
Joyce Randolph was not the first actress to play Thelma “Trixie” Norton.  Elaine Stritch originated the role in a “Honeymooners” sketch opposite Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Pert Kelton on “Cavalcade of Stars,” hosted by Gleason, on the DuMont network.  The character of Trixie was originally a burlesque dancer, but the role became more wholesome once Randolph stepped in.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 10/20/16

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.7/11, ABC: 3.9/ 6, NBC: 3.6/ 6, Fox: 3.4/ 5, CW: 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
CW:+44, Fox: +26, NBC: + 6, CBS: -22, ABC: -37

-Winners: Thursday Night Football (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Chicago Med” (NBC)
-Fading: “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC), “The Blacklist” (NBC)
-Disappointing: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again” (Fox)
-Losers: “Superstore” (NBC), “The Good Place” (NBC), “Notorious” (ABC)

Ratings Breakdown:
The final Thursday Night Football match-up on CBS, the Chicago Bears at the Green Bay Packers, led this fifth Thursday of the new TV season with ease at an estimated 7.3 rating/12 share in the household overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  But this was still 21 percent below the 9.2/15 for the year-ago match-up.  As a reminder, overnight results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

Next Thursday on CBS will feature the return of “The Big Bang Theory” to the 8 p.m. half-hour, followed by the series-premiere of sitcom “The Great Indoors,” the season premieres of “Mom” and relocated “Life in Pieces,” and the series premiere of drama “Pure Genius.”

On Fox, two-hour musical event, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again,” disappointed at a 3.4/ 5 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m.  While this was 48 percent above the overnights for week-ago Thursday night occupants “Rosewood” and “Pitch” (avg. 2.3/ 4 on Oct. 13) and 26 percent above the year-ago combination of “Bones” and “Sleepy Hollow” (avg. 2.7/ 4 on 10/22/15), it was also 54 percent below the household rating for the live production of “Grease!” on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7.4/11).  “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again,” additionally, declined in each half-hour as follows: 3.9/ 6 – 3.5/ 6 – 3.2/ 5 – 2.9/ 5.  From the first half-hour to the last half-hour it was down by 26 percent.

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


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Final Clinton-Trump Debate Draws Largest Third Debate Audience Ever
An estimated 71.6 million people watched the final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on TV on Wednesday based on 12 channels that aired the debate, which was 12.8 million below the record 84.4 million for the first debate on Monday, Sept. 26 but still the most-watched historically for any third debate.  The 71.6 million figure does not include those who watched online, and this was the first of the three debates not to face any competition from the NFL.  The second debate on Sunday, Oct. 9 delivered 66.5 million.

The Big Four broadcast networks’ coverage of the debate pulled a total 38.09 million viewers. ABC was first at 10.96 million viewers, followed by NBC (10.39 million), CBS (10.12 million) and Fox (6.62 million).  Fox News was first among the cable news networks, with 11.35 million, followed by CNN (8.71 million) and MSNBC (5.52 million).  PBS, meanwhile, attracted 2.7 million viewers, while Univision (2.38 million) and Telemundo (1.48 million) added another 3.8 million.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Carol Burnett to Star in ABC Sitcom
Comedy legend Carol Burnett will headline a proposed multi-camera ABC sitcom, still untitled, about a family who gets a chance to buy the house of their dreams — a house they would never be able to afford under normal circumstances, but is able to under extremely abnormal circumstances. They must live with the current owner, an older actress (Burnett) — until she dies.  The project, which has a pilot commitment, comes from executive producers Amy Poehler and Michael Saltzman.

Saltzman, whose sitcom credits “Murphy Brown,” “The Naked Truth” and “Wings,” is writing the script, and will executive produce alongside Poehler, Brooke Posch, Dave Becky and Michael Pelmont.  Poehler will executive produce through her Paper Kite banner. Universal TV.

CBS Orders New Summer Drama “Salvation”
CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of “Salvation,” a new one-hour event series from Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout and CBS Television Studios slated for next summer. The serialized drama will be broadcast during summer 2017. Described as a suspense thriller, “Salvation” centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery – that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.

“Salvation” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout. Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, who wrote the script (based on the story by Matt Wheeler), Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Peter Lenkov will serve as executive producers. The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

The new drama will join the third season of “Zoo”, based on the bestseller by James Patterson, and the next edition of “Big Brother.”  Earlier this week, CBS announced the cancellations of summer dramas “BrainDead” and “American Gothic.”

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Freeform Cancels Procedural “Guilt”
Freeform has opted against a second season of procedural drama “Guilt.”  Debuting on June 13 with only 486,000 viewers and reminiscent of the Amanda Knox murder mystery, “Guilt” revolved around an American girl named Grace (Daisy Head) who, when abroad in London, becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate.

The series hailed from “The Game Plan’s” Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard, and was a co-production of Sea to Sky Entertainment and BV Family Productions. The now final episode of “Guilt,” 10 in total, aired on August 22.


GSN Acquires Off-Net Rights to “Wheel of Fortune”
GSN has secured the telecast rights to season 31 of the iconic game show “Wheel of Fortune,” which debuts on Monday, October 2.  It will air weekdays at 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. ET.  The game show is currently in its 34th season in syndication.

In addition, GSN Games has launched “Wheel of Fortune Slots: The Ultimate Collection,” a new mobile app bringing together a variety of “Wheel of Fortune”-themed slots games and authentic elements from the TV show. The app is now available to download for free on the iOS App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore.

“Patty Duke Show” Star Eddie Applegate Dies at 81
Eddie Applegate, who played young Patty Lane’s love interest Richard Harrison on 1963-66 sitcom “The Patty Duke Show,” died on Monday.  He was 81 and was living in a nursing home after a stroke in 2013.  Applegate is now the third cast member of the beloved comedy to pass away within the last year following Patty Duke on March 29 at age 69 and William Schallert (Martin) on May 8 at 91.

Born on Oct. 4, 1935 in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, Applegate guest starred in numerous series prior to “The Patty Duke Show,” including “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” “The Lucy Show” and “Mr. Novak.”  In CBS’ 1999 reunion telefilm, “The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin’ in Brooklyn Heights,” Applegate reprised his role as Harrison; now Patty Lane’s ex-husband.

Applegate’s other screen credits include two episodes of “Gunsmoke,” and the films “Easy A” and “A Ticklish Affair.”  His survivors include three children, a sister, and six grandchildren.

Sundance TV Announces Classic TV Weekday Programming Block
SundanceTV will feature sitcoms “MASH,” “All in the Family,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Andy Griffith Show” a daily seven hour (6 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET) programming block featuring one show on each day.  To kick off the new programming block, SundanceTV will air a 48-hour marathon of “MASH,” beginning Sunday, November 6 at 6 a.m. ET.  “MASH” will air regularly on Monday, followed by “All in the Family” on Tuesday, “The Bob Newhart Show” on Wednesday, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” on Thursday and “The Andy Griffith Show” on Friday.

Additionally, SundanceTV is developing original packaging and interstitials to air throughout the daily block and on Sundance.tv.

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Former CW reality staple “America’s Next Top Model,” which was revived by VH1, will debut on the cable network on Monday, Dec. 12.  “Top Model” is returning to New York City with an all female cast of aspiring supermodels, but Tyra Banks is being replaced as host and judge by singer and actress Rita Ora.  Joining Ora as a judge will be Ashley Graham, Paper Magazine Chief Creative Office Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist Law Roach.

A&E will open the new season of docuseries “Wahlburgers,” featuring matriarch Alma and sons Mark, Donnie and Paul, with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 10-11 p.m. ET.  The logline: This season the Wahlburgers gets a visit from the WWE’s Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella), Paul gets a tour of London from 80’s pop singer Rick Astley ,and country music star John Rich opens his hot spot Redneck Riviera right above Wahlburgers in Las Vegas.

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 this fifth Friday of the new television season?  Clickhere
2. Who do you think won the third – and final – Presidential debate? Click here
2. Who is your all-time favorite coach on NBC’s “The Voice”?  Click here
3. Happy 65th Birthday to “I Love Lucy.”  What is your favorite episode? Click here
4. What is your current favorite daytime game show? Click here
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“The Vampire Diaries” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” open new seasons on The CW.  The five broadcast networks in all originals.  Netflix debuts Japanese drama “Midnight Diner.”   For the complete listing for Friday, Oct. 20, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Eight Was Really Enough

Which one of the following TV mothers gave birth to eight children?

a) Carolyn Ingalls
b) Kate Lawrence
c) Jane Mulligan
d) Jo Skagska
e) Olivia Walton
e) None of them did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following statements about television is false?

a) “Friends” aired on NBC for 10-seasons.
b) NBC’s “Medium” debuted before CBS’“Ghost Whisperer.”
c) “Three’s Company” on ABC spun-off two different series.
d) Marc Cuban was not a regular on ABC’s “Shark Tank” until season three.
e) “That’70s Show” on Fox concluded after 200 episodes.
f) They are all true.

Is…f) they were all correct.  More specifically…

-“Friends” (NBC): 1994-2004
-“Medium” (NBC): debuted on Jan. 3, 2005; “Ghost Whisperer” (CBS): Sept. 23, 2005
-“Three’s Company” (ABC): “The Ropers”: 1979-80; “Three’s a Crowd”: 1984-85
-Marc Cuban was initially a guest “shark,” replacing original “shark” Kevin Harrington.
-The 200-episodes of “That’70s Show” aired from 199802006.

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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.