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Friday, October 28, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Rhoda (Valerie Harper) was late to her own wedding in a one-hour episode of“Rhoda” in 1974 when scatter-brained Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) forgot to pick her up on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” spin-off.…Two CBS sitcoms celebrated their 100th episodes: “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1963 and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in 1964…The original “Hawaii Five-O” on CBS hit the 200-episode mark in 1976…Showtime anthology series “Masters of Horror”launched in 2005.  It aired for two seasons…Celebrity Birthdays: Reality star Caitlyn Jenner is 67; Former “Designing Women” star Annie Potts is 64; Entrepreneur Bill Gates is 61; Lauren Holly (“NCIS”) is 53; Oscar winner Julia Roberts is 49; Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is 42; Actor Finn Wittrock (“American Horror Story”) is 32.

Did You Know?
Julie Kavner, of course, played Rhoda’s sister Brenda on the 1974-78 sitcom spin-off.  But in a season four episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Mary and Rhoda traveled to New York for the wedding of Rhoda’s little sister Debbie.  In another episode of “MTM,” a reference was made to Rhoda’s brother Arnold by Ida Morgenstern (Nancy Walker).  Debbie and Arnold are two more entries in the “land of the TV lost,” joining Chuck Cunningham (“Happy Days”), Judy Winslow (“Family Matters”), Steven Floyd and Ruth Ann Torkelson (“The Torkelsons”/”Almost Home”), Brendan Lambert (“Step By Step”) and Samantha Malloy (“Life With Bonnie”).  Is there anyone else missing?

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 10/27/16

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 12.4 rating/20 share, CBS: 4.5/ 7, ABC: 4.4/ 7, NBC: 3.8/ 6, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +36, ABC: + 5, CBS: – 6, NBC: -14, CW: -33

-Winners: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Chicago Med” (NBC)
-Disappointing: “The Great Indoors” (CBS)
-Fading: “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC), “The Blacklist” (NBC)
-Losers: “Superstore” (NBC), “The Good Place” (NBC), “Rosewood” (Fox), “Notorious” (ABC), “Pitch” (Fox), “Pure Genius” (CBS)

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS minus football is still the destination to beat on Thursday, but all was not perfect last night following the return of its regularly scheduled entertainment-themed programming.  “The Big Bang Theory” was the top-rated show of the evening at a 9.6 rating/16 share in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour.  Comparably, that bested NBC’s competing “Superstore” (#3: season low 2.8/ 5) by a whopping 243 percent.  But the series-premiere of comedy “The Great Indoors” slipped by an extensive 41 percent at 8:30 p.m., with a 5.7/ 9.  And that trailed the second half of ABC’s competing “Grey’s Anatomy” (5.8/ 9) by one-tenth of a rating point.

Like NBC before it, which had great difficulty capitalizing on the strength of comedies like “Friends” and “Seinfeld,” CBS has yet to find anything worthy out of “The Big Bang Theory.”

Next on CBS was the fourth season premiere of “Mom” at a typical (and dominant) 4.9/ 8 at 9 p.m., which is acceptable.  And that led into the second season premiere of “Life in Piece” at a second-place 4.2/ 7 at 9:30 p.m.  But a 4.2/ 8 in the household overnights for the series-premiere of “Pure Genius,” despite winning the 10 p.m. hour and holding the “Life in Pieces” lead-in, is a true disappointment given the ample promotion.  Since most new series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two, I would not anticipate all that much for “Pure Genius.”

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

Live + Same Day Data
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Source: Nielsen Media Research


Disney Channel Announces “That’s So Raven” Spin-Off
Disney Channel and Raven-Symoné are developing and beginning preliminary casting for a family sitcom that will continue the story of her character from 2003-07 Disney Channel sitcom “That’s So Raven.”  Raven, who is exiting her co-hosting stint on ABC’s “The View” at the end of the year, will both executive produce and reprise her role of Raven Baxter, who in the original series drew on her psychic powers, ingenuity, and talent as a fashion designer as well as a variety of disguises to get into and out of amusing adolescent and pre-adolescent situations in San Francisco.

Longtime writer/producer partners Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff (Disney Channel’s “Best Friends Whenever,” Emmy nominees for “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”) are working on the development of the untitled spin-off series.

This will be the second show to come from “That’s So Raven.”  The first, sitcom “Cory in the House,” featured Kyle Massey and aired on Disney Channel from 2007-08.


Freeform Renews “Young & Hungry” for Season Five
Freeform has picked up a fifth season of original comedy series “Young & Hungry,” which will kick off production next week and will premiere in 2017.  Debuting on June 25, 2014, the San Francisco based sitcom focuses on a wealthy entrepreneur named Josh (Jonathan Sadowski) who hires a food blogger named Gabi (Emily Osment) to be his new personal chef. The series follows the couple and their friends after the couple’s one-night stand dilemma.

To-date, 50 episodes of “Young & Hungry” have aired, with the fourth season finale this past August 3rd. There is no confirmation on the number of new episodes ordered, but the assumption is 10.

“Young & Hungry” is produced by David Holden, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas, and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum in association with CBS Television Studios.


NBC in Talks to Revive “Will & Grace”
No deals have been signed at press time.  But NBC is in early talks to revive 1998 to 2006 sitcom “Will & Grace” for a 10-episode ninth season.  Talks of the reboot have heated up since the election-themed video reunion the four cast members – Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes – did last month to encourage viewers to vote went viral.  In the video, the cast reprised their roles and discussed presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump after Karen (Mullally) and Jack (Hayes) revealed they were aligning with the former “Celebrity Apprentice” host.  The 10-minute #VoteHoney video, directed by James Burrows, was released on September 26 and has more than 6 million views to-date.

Created by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, “Will & Grace” was the recipient of 16 Primetime Emmy awards over the course of its run, and is only one of three sitcoms historically will all the principal actors won the coveted statuette.  The other two are “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls.”

“Bye Bye Birdie Live” with Jennifer Lopez to Air on NBC
NBC’s next live musical production will be “Bye Bye Birdie” with Jennifer Lopez, who will executive produce with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.  Her company Nuyorican Productions will produce with Universal Television. Harvey Fierstein will write the television adaptation, with the special slated to air in December, 2017.

Lopez, who stars in NBC’s “Shades of Blue,” will play the part of Rosie in the NBC version. No other casting has yet been announced.  The role was originated by Chita Rivera in the show’s first run on Broadway, and has also been played by Janet Leigh and Vanessa Williams in the two film versions of the musical.

“Bye Bye Birdie” was inspired by Elvis Presley, and tells the tale of a pop star, his manager Albert, and Albert’s girlfriend Rosie as they plan a contest to find the girl who gets to kiss the pop star before he ships off to the army. Dick Van Dyke originated the role of Albert in both the first Broadway run and the 1963 movie.

“Bye, Bye Birdie” will be the fourth live musical in NBC’s ongoing roster of December events following versions of “The Sound of Music,” “Pen Pan” and “The Whiz.”

The Peabody Awards Adds Four New Members
The Peabody Awards has added four new members to its board of advisors, which launched in 2015 are separate from the traditional board of jurors that each year evaluates entries and bestows the prestigious awards for excellence in electronic media. The Peabody Awards are based at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.  The new advisory board members are Wendy Clark, CEO, DDB North America; Craig Erwich, senior vice president, head of content, Hulu; Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT, chief creative officer, Turner Entertainment; and Zack Van Amburg, president, Sony Pictures Television.  For more information on The Peabody Awards, visit For more information, visit peabodyawards.com

Casting News
The latest addition to the cast of the upcoming third season of FX’s anthology drama “Fargo” is Jim Gaffigan, who joins Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Ewan McGregor and Scoot McNairy.  “Fargo” season three will take place in 2010, putting it a few years after the events of season one.

The upcoming 12th – and final season – of Fox procedural “Bones” will open on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The scoop: The 12-episode run will bring the storylines of Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Booth (David Boreanaz) and the Jeffersonian-FBI team to a close.  Throughout the final chapter, fans will see the return of fan-favorite guest stars and squinterns, as well as an old flame from one of the team’s past. Fans also will experience a wedding, follow an epic serial killer storyline, go undercover in a lumberjack competition and see Booth and Brennan’s marriage get put to the test. As always, new guest stars will be introduced, as well as a final round of gory murders, from which brand-new investigations will arise.
1. NBC is in talks to revive sitcom “Will & Grace.”  What do you think?  Click here
2. What grade would you give the debut of “The Great Indoors” on CBS?  Click here
3. What is your favorite live musical on NBC so far?  Click here
4. What low-rated new network series do you think will be canceled first?  Click here
Amazon makes 1969-based dramedy “Good Girls Revolt” available for streaming. Game three of the Chicago Cubs versus the Cleveland Indians in “The World Series” airs on Fox.  Game show “Hellevator” concludes for the season on GSN.  For the complete listing for Friday, Oct. 28, click here
Must She TV

After the success of the Must See TV Thursday night comedy brand, NBC created a branding for its Monday night sitcoms called “Must She TV.”  Which one of the following five comedies was not part of that at one point?

a) “Caroline in the City”
b) “Fired Up”
c) “Maggie Winters”
d) “Suddenly Susan”
e) “Veronica’s Closet”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following series made it into season five on a broadcast network?

a) “Arrested Development”
b) “Becker”
c) “Still Standing”
d) “Too Close For Comfort”
e) “Ugly Betty”

Is…b) “Becker,” which was a sitcom with Ted Danson that aired on CBS from 1998 to 2004.  As for the others…

-“Arrested Development” (Fox): 2003-06; (Netflix): 2013
-“Still Standing” (CBS): 2002-06
-“Too Close for Comfort” (ABC): 1980-83; first-run syndication: 1984-86
-“Ugly Betty” (ABC): 2006-10

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Elvis Bussard, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Debra Kainer, Tom Moore, Alan Perris, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Steve Rotterdam, Joe Rubi, David Ruckman, DeWayne Snype, Joe Swaney