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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
The final telecast of sitcom “My Little Margie,” which was originally launched as a replacement for “I Love Lucy,” aired in 1955. Headlined by Gale Storm as the 21-year-old daughter of a widowed New York investment banker (Charles Farrell), “My Little Margie” alternated between CBS and NBC during its three-and-one-half season run…In 2008, the Summer Olympics came to a close in Beijing, China…Celebrity Birthdays: Wrestling promoter Vince McMahon is 71; Oscar winner Marlee Matlin is 51; Comedian Dave Chappelle is 43; “Hawaii Five-O” star Alex O’Loughlin is 40; Former “One Tree Hill” star Chad Michael Murray is 35.

Did You Know?
One year after “My Little Margie” concluded, Gale Storn began a four season stint on comedy “The Gale Storm Show,” which opened on CBS in 1956 and ended on ABC in 1960.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 8/23/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.4/11, CBS: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 2.8/ 5, Fox: 0.9/ 2, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +56, NBC: +19,CW: -14,  CBS: -16, Fox: -18

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here
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Live + Same Day Data
Monday 8/15/16: Click here
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Friday 8/19/16: Click here
Saturday 8/20/16: Click here

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Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of August 15
Since the week featured the 2016 Rio Olympics on NBC, the year-to-year percent comparisons are not included.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 19.85 million, CBS: 3.91, ABC: 2.90, Fox: 1.39, CW: 800,000

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 5.5 rating/20 share, CBS: 0.8/ 3, ABC: 0.7/ 3, Fox: 0.4/ 2, CW: 0.2/ 1

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 6.8/21, CBS: 1.0/ 3, ABC: 0.9/ 3, Fox: 0.5/ 2, CW: 0.3/ 1

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 3.7/18, CBS: 0.5/ 2, ABC: 0.4/ 2, Fox: 0.3/ 2, CW: 0.2/ 1

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bravo Renews “Below Deck Mediterranean” for Season Two
Bravo has greenlit a second season of docuseries “Below Deck Mediterranean,” with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2017.  Debuting on May 3, 2016 and spun-off from “Below Deck,” “Below Deck Mediterranean” features the clientele and staff aboard a private luxury yacht.

“Below Deck Mediterranean” is produced by 51 Minds with Mark Cronin, Courtland Cox, Nadine Rajabi, Temple Williams, and Christian Sarabia serving as executive producers.

NOTES OF INTEREST

“Law & Order” and “Mission: Impossible” Actor Steven Hill Dies at 94
Steven Hill, who is remembered for his starring roles in the first season of “Mission: Impossible” on CBS and NBC’s long-running “Law & Order” from 1990 to 2000, died on Tuesday in Manhattan.  He was 94.  No specific cause of death was announced.

Born Solomon Krakowsky on Feb. 24, 1922 in Seattle, Washington, Hill’s acting debut came in 1950 opposite Hedy Lamarr in theatrical “A Lady Without Passport.” For the rest of the 1950s and 1960s, he co-starred in B-movies such as “The Goddess,” “Kiss Her Goodbye,” “A Child is Waiting” and “The Slender Thread.” Early guest roles on television included anthology-themed “Actor’s Studio,” “Theater of Romance,” “Suspense” and “Starlight Theater.”

Although “Mission: Impossible” ran for seven seasons, Hill refused to abide by the production schedule that required working on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, being an Orthodox Jew.  He was replaced after season one by Peter Graves and ultimately went on a sabbatical from acting from 1967 to 1977, working on a variety of jobs including selling real estate in New York.

Hill returned to acting in 1977, initially with a guest role on short-lived drama “The Andros Targets.”  But it was his 10-season role as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order,” which resulted in two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, that made him a weekly fixture on the small screen.

“Steven was not only one of the truly great actors of his generation, he was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. He is also the only actor I’ve known who consistently tried to cut his own lines,” “Law & order” creator Dick Wolf said in a statement to the Associated Press.

Hill was married twice. He was with his first wife, Selma Stern, from 1951 to 1964 and fathered four children with her. He had another five children with his second wife, Rachel, whom he married in 1967.

OWN to Air Upcoming Daytime Talker “T.D. Jakes”
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired the rights to air daytime talk show “T.D. Jakes” from Tegna Media and T.D. Jakes Enterprises.  Debuting locally on Monday, Sept. 12 in approximately 70 affiliate stations (following a successful four-week test-run on Tegna stations in Atlanta, Minneapolis and Cleveland last summer), OWN will air “T.D. Jakes,” hosted by the well-known pastor and best-selling author, in the Monday through Friday 6 p.m. ET hour beginning on Sept. 19.

Produced by 44Blue Productions, EnLight Productions and T.D. Jakes Enterprises, the talk show is currently filming in Los Angeles with Ianthe Jones serving as showrunner.

Michael Strahan Sells Drama “Hobbs” to ABC
Michael Strahan is expanding into the world of scripted dramas.  The “Good Morning America” and $100,000 Pyramid” host has sold a drama called “Hobbs” to ABC, the tale of a former Heisman Trophy winner named Tommy Hobbs who joins the Miami police force after not being drafted by the NFL.  The network has given the potential drama a script commitment.  Michael Caleo (“The Sopranos,” “Rescue Me”) will executive produce and write the script along with Strahan.

Comet Acquires Original “The Mystery Science Theater 3000”
Sinclair Television Group and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (“MGM”), partners in the recently launched science fiction digital broadcast network, Comet, have announced a license agreement for episodes of the original “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K) from Shout! Factory. In addition, the classic Japanese Godzilla feature films from 1954 – 1975 have also been added to the upcoming roster of programming.

“Mystery Science Theater 3000,” which is being revived on Netflix, launched in 1988 on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. More than 190 episodes were aired and a feature film was produced in 1996.

In addition to “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” Comet will begin airing numerous new shows and films including, “Jeremiah,” Thursdays beginning September 1, “Poltergeist: The Legacy,” beginning September 5, “Dead Like Me,” starting September 6, and the original The Outer Limits on September 7.

Casting News
Sarah Paulson (“The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story”) is joining the cast of new Ryan Murphy anthology “Feud” as Oscar-winning actress Geraldine Page in the FX series about the legendary battle between movie stars Joan Crawford (Susan Sarandon) and Bette Davis (Jessica Lange).  Also appearing will be Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia de Havilland.

OPINION

Handicapping the new fall TV season 
From Campaign US: With less than one month to go before the official start of the new broadcast television season (mark your calendars for Monday, Sept. 19), it is time to handicap the new fall entries. My picks are based on a combination of factors, including the network, time period, competition, lead-in, critical acclaim, social media potential, and the quality of the show itself. I made the selections after spending two weeks in Los Angeles at the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour, where everything is a proverbial bed of roses, according to the producers and talent.

Don’t worry—I was not fooled by the spin.

With 20 new shows to choose from, my focus this week is on the shows most likely to succeed. And there is no better show to begin with than early critics favorite “This Is Us,” which tells the unique tale of a group of strangers who all share the same birthdays.  For more at Campaign US, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Upcoming Smithsonian Channel series “Sacred Sites,” which will offer perspectives on some of the world’s most remarkable and mysterious religious locations, will debut on Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET. Each episode explores fundamental questions about these sites and the people who constructed them. For example, was the fabulous rock‐cut city of Petra once ruled by a lost matriarchy? Were prophecies at ancient Greek oracles triggered by tectonic turmoil and electromagnetic fields? Did the Knights Templar secretly belong to an obscure cult that worshipped John the Baptist?  Five episodes of “Sacred Sites” have been ordered.

Animated adventure “Milo Murphy’s Law,” featuring the voice of recording artist “Weird Al” Yankovic will debut on Disney XD on Monday, October 3 at 8 p.m. ET.  Created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (“Phineas and Ferb”), the series follows 13-year-old Milo Murphy, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake. Milo is the personification of Murphy’s Law, where anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

PI POLLS
1. What grade would you give the series premiere of “Better Late Than Never” on NBC?  Click here
2. What grade would you give the 2016 Rio Olympics in its entirety?  Click here
3. Who was your favorite member of The Three Stooges?  Click here
4. What is your favorite series based on a comic book? Click here
5. What new network sitcom are you looking forward to the most this fall?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Sundance debuts Italian drama “Gomorrah.”  “Duck Dynasty” and “Wahlbugers” conclude for the season on A&E.  “Toddlers & Tiaras” returns on A&E.   ABC airs a four episode encore marathon of “The Goldbergs.”  For the complete primetime schedule for Wednesday, August 24, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Life After “Happy Days”

Henry “The Fonz” Winkler is now featured in NBC reality series “Better Late Than Never.”   Four of the following five series also featured an actor from “Happy Days” after the sitcom ended.  Which one did not?

a) “Arrested Development”
b) “Brooklyn Bridge”
c) “Chicken Soup”
d) “The Family Man”
e) “Hope & Faith”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

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

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

…Is: d) “Suddenly Susan,” starring Brooke Shields, which aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000 and had the immediate advantage of airing out of “Seinfeld” when it debuted.

Trivia All-Stars
Latasha Allen, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Kerry Hughes, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell

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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.