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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
“Newhart,” Bob Newhart’s second successful CBS sitcom, debuted in 1982 and stayed on the air for eight seasons…NBC’s “Cheers” reached the 200-episode mark in 1990.  It ultimately ran through May 20, 1993, producing 275 episodes in total…Half-hour late night talker “The Jon Stewart Show” opened on MTV in 1993.  At the end of the first season, it expanded to one hour and moved into first-run syndication as a replacement for “The Arsenio Hall Show” for one season…Celebrity Birthdays: Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, is 59; Talk show host Samantha Bee is 47; Actor Adam Goldberg (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”) is 46; Former “The Office” star Craig Robinson is 45; Actor Josh Henderson (“Dallas”) is 35; Singer Katy Perry is 32; Singer Ciara is 31.

Did You Know?
The characters of Larry (William Sanderson), Daryl (Tony Papenfuss) and Daryl (John Volstad) on “Newhart” were supposed to appear in only one episode, but the studio audience’s reaction to their introduction was so spontaneous the producers added the trio to the cast.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Monday 10/24/16

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 6.1/10, NBC: 6.0/ 9, CBS: 4.4/ 7, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +100, Fox: +14, ABC: – 5, NBC: -17, CBS: -42

Winners: “The Voice” (NBC), “Supergirl” (CW), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
Honorable Mention: “Kevin Can Wait” (CBS), “Scorpion” (CBS)
Let’s Wait and See: “Man with a Plan” (CBS)
Losers: “Gotham” (Fox), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “The Odd Couple” (CBS), “Jane the Virgin” (CW), “Conviction” (ABC), “Timeless” (NBC)

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC inched past NBC for overnight household dominance on this sixth Monday of the new television season, but the home of “The Voice,” of course, owns the night in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics).  But the bigger news was the CBS 8-9 p.m. comedies, with “Kevin Can Wait” moving into the 8 p.m. half-hour with a respectable 5.2 rating/8 share in the household overnights, which was on par with the 5.3/ 8 one week earlier out of “The Big Bang Theory.”  That 5.3 overnight household rating translated into 8.54 million viewers and a 2.1 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.  And this means that “Kevin Can Wait” can stand on its own without the lead-in support from “The Big Bang Theory.”  Thumbs up, Kevin James!

Next on CBS was the series-premiere of Matt LeBlanc comedy “Man with a Plan” at a third-place 4.9/ 7 in households at 8:30 p.m.  While overnight retention of 94 percent for “Man with a Plan” makes it a compatible fit out of “Kevin Can Wait,” you could also argue that the sampling should have been stronger.  Let’s see what happens next week.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here
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Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 10/17/16: Click here
-Tuesday 10/18/16: Click here
-Wednesday 10/19/16: Click here
-Thursday 10/20/16: Click here
-Friday 10/21/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Freeform Developing “Bad Dates” Sitcom From “Veep” Star
Freeform just put a new comedy into development produced by “Veep” star Timothy Simons. called “Bad Dates,” which will showcase regular everyday people’s worst and most awkward dating experiences, reenacted. The proposed series is co-written by Derek Elliott and Jack Donaldson, who also have a CBS series in development called “The Whole Nine.” Simons, who plays Congressman Jonah Ryan on “Veep,” will serve as producer and will not appear on camera.

“Bad Dates” joins a growing slate of comedies in development at Freeform including “Alone Together, “Brown Girls” and a late night show hosted by Iliza Shlesinger.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

The CW Renews Trio of Original Summer Series
The CW has greenlit new seasons “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” which was revived by the network in 2013; “Masters of Illusion” and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.”  Hosted by Aisha Tyler, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions features the improvisational skills of Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and a guest comedian in each episode.  “Masters of Illusion” from Associated Television International, hosted by Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”) features magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists and escape artists, and performers displaying skills ranging from perplexing interactive mind magic to comedy routines.  And “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” from 117 Production, hosted by Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”), features the celebrated magic of Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller.

All three will return with an unconfirmed number of new episodes next summer.  For more on “Masters of Illusion,” click here

NOTES OF INTEREST

QVC to Launch New Channel Beauty iQ Devoted to Beauty Products
Home-shopping mainstay QVC will launch a second home shopping network called Beauty iQ, which will focus solely on cosmetics, fragrances and skincare.  It opens in November in 40 million U.S. homes on DirecTV, Dish and AT&T U-Verse and will feature live programming five nights a week, with the remainder of its schedule rounded out by recorded beauty-centric segments.

This won’t be the first time QVC has spun-off a channel.  In 1994 it launched Q2, which featured a variety of products mirroring QVC.  But Q2 only lasted for two years.

Mark Levin Announces the Launch of CRTV
Radio host Mark Levin (“LevinTV”) is launching Conservative Review TV (CRTV), a new digital TV channel that will offer various personalities the freedom to capture their individual personalities and passions in their own custom-designed programs.  In addition to Levin, featured personalities will include Michelle Malkin in “Michelle Malkin Investigates,” which uncovers on-the-ground investigative reporting ignored by the mainstream media; and Mark Steyn, whose show will offer a mix of music, news, unique interviews and entertainment from his own custom designed set.

CRTV launches in December and can be accessed on any digital or mobile device.  For subscription information, click here

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Paranormal Lockdown: The Black Monk House,” which follows paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman, from Destination America’s “Paranormal Lockdown” as they conduct a special investigation of the Black Monk House in Yorkshire, England – universally feared as the home of the most violent poltergeist activity ever reported — will air on Monday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. ET. The one-hour special will have an encore presentation on Destination America at 11 p.m. ET on Halloween night.

One-hour special “Unichef: Uniting Through Food,” based on the best-selling cookbook by Hilary Gumbel, will air on TLC on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. ET, followed by an encore telecast on Discovery Family Channel at 9 p.m. ET that evening.  In “Unichef: United Through Food,” produced by Discovery Studios, chefs Sandra Lee, Ming Tsai and Donatella Arpaia allow viewers access into their private worlds as they visit the people and causes that inspire their passion for giving. All royalties will be donated to The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund).

Reality/competition “Face Off” will return for season 11 on Syfy on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. ET.  Hosted by McKenzie Westmore, the new season will feature 16 new contestants vying for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood’s next great special effects make-up artist.

2016-17 Regular NBA Schedule on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA TV
The 2016-17 NBA regular season  commences today and runs through to Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017.  Among the league’s national broadcast partners, the NBA’s own network NBA-TV leads with carriage of 107 games.

ESPN is scheduled for 82 games, mostly with coverage on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Fellow Disney-owned network ABC will carry 19 games, including marquee matchups on the NBA’s most-watched regular-season day: Christmas Day, as well as the second season of “NBA Saturday Primetime” starting in January.  For more, click here

PI POLLS
1. What are you watching on the broadcast networks this evening?  Click here
2. What is your favorite original CW summer series?  Click here
3. What low-rated new network series do you think will be canceled first?  Click here
4. Who do you think won the third – and final – Presidential debate? Click here
5. Who is your all-time favorite coach on NBC’s “The Voice”?  Click here
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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians face off for game one of the Major League Baseball World Series. Legendary sitcom producer Norman Lear is featured on “American Masters” on PBS.  For the complete listing for Tuesday, Oct. 25, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Surviving “ER”

Which actor appeared for the most number of episodes of NBC medical drama “ER”?

a) George Clooney
b) Anthony Edwards
c) Laura Innes
d) Laura Tierney
e) Noah Wyle

The answer to yesterday’s question…

What sitcom did “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” replace when it debuted in the Saturday 9:30 p.m. half-hour on Sept. 19, 1970?

a) “The Doris Day Show”
b) “Family Affair”
c) “Get Smart”
d) “Hogan’s Heroes”
e) “Petticoat Junction”

Is…e) “Petticoat Junction,” which aired on CBS from 1963 to 1970.

Trivia All-Stars
Steve Bitterman, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Jim Forkan, Debra Kainer, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Richard Naldrett, Gordon Purcell, Michelle Stanton

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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.