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Monday, October 31, 2016
 
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
“The Odd Couple” on ABC hit the 100-episode mark in 1974.  It concluded on March 7, 1975 after five seasons…Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan (John Goodman) competed to see who is the spookiest on the first of the annual Halloween-themed episodes of ABC sitcom “Roseanne” in 1989…AMC mega-hit “The Walking Dead,” based on Robert Kirkman’s comic-book series about a world suddenly overrun by zombies, launched with record ratings for the cable network in 2010…Celebrity Birthdays: Rob Schneider of “SNL fame is 53; Former “Yes, Dear” star Mike O’Malley is 50; Rapper Vanilla Ice is 49;

Did You Know?
Tony Randall and Jack Klugman took over the roles of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison from Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, of course, who played the duo in the 1968 “Odd Couple” theatrical.  But another potential pairing for this first sitcom version was Art Carney as Felix and Dean Martin as Oscar.  Carney originated the role of Felix in the Broadway play.  Ron Glass (“Barney Miller”) and Demond Wilson (“Sanford and Son”) inherited the roles for remake “The New Odd Couple” on ABC in the 1982-83 season.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Sunday 10/30/16

Household Rating/Share
Metered Market Overnights
Fox: 14.1/22, NBC: 8.8/14, CBS: 5.8/ 9, ABC: 2.2/ 3

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +12, CBS: – 6, NBC: -20, ABC: -24

-Winners: “The OT” (Fox), “The World Series,” Game 5 (Fox),  “Sunday Night Football” (NBC)
-Honorable Mention: “60 Minutes” (CBS)
-Losers: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC), “Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “Secrets and Lies” (ABC), “Quantico” (ABC)

Ratings Breakdown:
Baseball was the bigger option in the battle of the sports match-ups on Fox and NBC, with game five of “The World Series” (Cubs 3, Indians 2) at an estimated 15.3 rating/23 share in the household overnights from 8-11:45 p.m. ET.  Comparably, this was 31 percent above the year-ago game five “World Series” match-up between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets.  And it beat competing “Sunday Night Football” on NBC (Cowboys 29, Eagles 23: 11.6/16 from 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. ET) by an estimated 32 percent.

Earlier in the evening on Fox was a primetime football overrun at a 15.3/26 in the 7 p.m. half-hour into a 10.1/17 for post-game “The OT” at a 10.1/17 at 7:30 p.m.  As a reminder, results for any live sporting evening are always estimated.

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

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Fast Affiliate Data
Friday 10/28/16: Click here
Saturday 10/29/16: Click here

Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 10/24/16: Click here
-Tuesday 10/25/16: Click here
-Wednesday 10/26/16: Click here
-Thursday 10/27/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

NBC Orders Comedy Pilot “Landlords”
NBC has made a put pilot commitment for a new comedy from “The Good Place” and “Parks and Recreation” creator Mike Schur called “Landlords.”  The project from Universal Television follows a young couple who become landlords and realize the world of adulthood is not so easy. The proposed series hails from “Parks and Recreation’s” Matt Murray, who is writing the pilot and will serve as executive producer with Schur and David Miner of 3 Arts Entertainment. The three worked on “Parks,” “The Good Place” and Schur’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” together.

CBS Eyes Crime Solver “Here & Now”
“NCIS: Los Angeles” creator Shane Brennan has a potential new series in the works from CBS TV Studios for CBS called “Here & Now,” which he will also write and executive produce.  The proposed crime solver will focus on a Boston homicide detective who develops retrograde amnesia after a near death drowning accident, which causes him to forget the last five years of his life.

NOTES OF INTEREST

Fox Cuts “Making History” Midseason Episode Order
Upcoming midseason Fox sitcom “Making History,” with Adam Pally as a brilliant, dorky professor who basically invents a time-traveling device that allows him to court young women in the past, has had its episode ordered reduced by the network from 13 to 9 episodes.  The reasoning, according to Fox, is the timing, with the network claiming it does not need as many episodes for its spring slate as originally ordered.  But no new series has its episode ordered slashed unless the network is not satisfied with what it is seeing.

Executive-produced by “Last Man on Earth” producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, “Making History” centers on three friends who find a way to travel through time in search of truth, justice, and riches, which complicates their lives in 2016. They visit some of the greatest moments of the past as they try to resolve their personal problems, while history and pop culture comically collide. Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”) also stars.

John Zacherle, TV’s “Cool Ghoul,” Dies at 98
John Zacherle, one of the first late night horror-movie hosts, died on Thursday at his home in New York.  He was 98.  Nicknamed “Cool Ghoul” by Dick Clark, Zacherle, who sometimes spelled his name Zacherley, debuted his popular, crypt-dwelling undertaker character in Philadelphia before moving to New York City in 1958.  He hosted Saturday night show “Chiller Theater” on WPIX in New York, among other shows.  And, in 1967, he became a morning radio host for WNEW-FM. Two years later in 1969, he became the station night broadcaster for a progressive rock format. In 1971 he switched his show to WPLJ-FM, where he stayed for 10 years, and also appeared as a wizard on kids favorite “Captain Kangaroo” in the early 1980s.

More recently, Zacherle was featured in documentary “The Aurora Monsters: The Model Craze That Gripped the World” in 2010.

Zacherle is survived by three nieces including Bonnie Zacherle, creator of the My Little Pony toys, as well a collection of great nieces, nephews and great great nieces and nephews.
 

INSTANT  REPLAYS

Washington Huskies Radio Call of Dramatic Punt Return for Touchdown
“Dante Pettis! TOUCHDOWN WASHINGTON! Are you kidding me? Oh baby!” Those were the words uttered by Washington IMG Sports Network play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau calling this key 58-yard punt return for a touchdown by Pettis (wearing jersey number 8) for the University of Washington late in the fourth quarter. It was a score that would give them a 31-24 win over Utah and helped keep them heavily in College Football Playoff contention.  For a look, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

A&E will premiere upcoming docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” which gives a voice to victims of the Church of Scientology despite public attempts to discredit them, on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. ET.  The eight-episode, hour-long series is produced for A&E Network by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). Leah Remini serves as an executive producer. The scoop: Leah Remini, along with high level former Scientology executives and Church members, delves deep into shocking stories of abuse, heartbreak and harassment experienced by those who have left the church and spoken publicly about their experiences.

PI POLLS
1. Who are you rooting for to win “The World Series”?  Click here
2. 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
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Netflix streams season one of drama “Chewing Gum.” Robin Roberts returns to host annual special “All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMAs with Robin Roberts.”  The five broadcast networks are in all originals. For the complete listing for Monday, Oct. 31, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Happy Halloween

John Astin as Gomez on classic 1960s sitcom “The Addams Family” was actually given a second choice for his character’s first name.  What was it?

a) Angus
b) Conal
c) Morton
d) Repelli
e) Samuel

The answer to Friday’s question…

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”

Is…c) “Maggie Winters,” which aired on CBS in the 1998-99 season with former “Murphy Brown” star Faith Ford.

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Jocelyn Brandeis, Larry Collins, Jim Forkan, Bob Ingersoll, Ken Jobe (2x), Deb Kainer, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Alan Perris, Michael Ratliffe. Anthony Salerno

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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.