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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Daytime drama “The Brighter Day” debuted on CBS in 1954.  It was spun-off from radio drama “Joyce Jordan, M.D.,” and it aired for eight seasons…”Blondie,” the first of two sitcoms based on the comic-book strip and movie franchise, premiered on NBC in 1957. It lasted one half-season and was briefly revived with a different cast on CBS in 1968…Syndicated adventure “Sea Hunt,with Lloyd Bridges, launched in 1958 and ran for four seasons…Sitcom “Mister Ed” began in first-run syndication in 1961.  One year later it moved to CBS where it remained until 1965…NBC’s “Night Court” debuted in 1984. After a test-run on Wednesday (out of “The Facts of Life”), “Night Court”  moved to Thursday (out of “Cheers”) and rose to No. 7 overall in primetime from 1986 to 1988…Celebrity Birthdays: Actress Dyan Cannon (“Heaven Can Wait”) is 80; Former “Glee” star Dot Jones is 53; “The Real” co-host Jeannie Mai is 37.

Did You Know?
“Sea Hunt” served as a stepping stone for some of Hollywood’s most notable actors, including appearances by Leonard Nimoy, Bruce Dern, Robert Conrad, Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Jack Nicholson and Beau and Jeff Bridges….John Laroquette as Dan Fielding on “Night Court” won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for four consecutive years (1985-89).

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 1/03/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.6/12, NBC: 4.6/ 8, ABC: 2.7/ 4, Fox: 2.2/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: + 5, ABC: no change, NBC: + 2, CBS: -12,CW: -29

-Winners: “NCIS” (CBS), “Bull” (CBS)
Honorable Mention: “The Middle” (ABC), “The Wall” (NBC), “Chicago Fire” (NBC), “Chicago PD” (NBC)
Losers (excluding repeats): “New Girl” (Fox), “Bones” (Fox), “The Real O’Neals” (ABC), “No Tomorrow” (CW)

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a typically easy Tuesday overnight household victory for CBS, which featured the regularly scheduled combination of “NCIS” (9.7 rating/15 share), “Bull” (7.2/11) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (6.1/11). The three dramas finished first in households in each of the six half-hours.

NBC got some promising news care of the Tuesday 8 p.m. time period debut of game show “The Wall,” which at a second-place 4.1/ 7 jumped by 32 percent from the 3.1 household rating for the prior night’s 10 p.m. preview. Comparably, “The Wall” should be competitive in the hour in adults 18-49 (and all the key demos).

“The Wall” led into the crossover of “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD,” which “Chicago Fire” rising to a 4.8/ 8 at 9 p.m., building from the 8:30 p.m. portion of “The Wall” (4.3/ 7) by 12 percent. “Chicago PD” matched the overnight performance of “Chicago Fire,” also with a 4.8/ 8 (#2) at 10 p.m. Given the stability of the franchise, keep a positive eye (or two) on upcoming “Chicago Law” in midseason.

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

Live + Same Day Data

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Source: Nielsen Media Research


Meg Ryan to Headline ”Picture in Paris” Comedey at EPIX
Meg Ryan will headline a potential upcoming comedy series for EPIX called “Picture in Paris,” which is a TV adaptation of Brad Hall’s short film of the same name and follows an empty-nester who abandons the suburbs for Paris.  Comparably, this would be Ryan’s first regularly scheduled TV stint since short-lived ABC western “Wildside” in 1985. More recently, she has guest-starred on Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy.”

Hall will write and direct the TV series adaptation, which he will executive produce with Ryan, Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. eOne is the studio and the sitcom, which is expected to get a straight-to-series order and will potentially be filmed in France if it does move forward.

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Amazon Renews “The Man in the High Castle” for Season Three
Amazon has announced a third season pick-up of scripted drama The Man in the High Castle.”  Debuting on Jan. 15, 2015, the series is loosely based on the 1962 novel of the same name by American science fiction author Philip K. Dick.  Eric Overmyer (“Treme,” “The Affair”) will serve as showrunner and executive producer for this new season.

Seasons one and two of “The Man in the High Castle” are now available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany and Austria via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at http://amazon.com/originals.

Season two of the one-hour drama continues to explore what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. While Germany controls much of the East Coast and Japan controls the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains have become a “neutral zone”—and ground zero for a resistance, led by a mysterious figure known only as “the Man in the High Castle.” While some citizens struggle against the fear, oppression and inequality, others accept their lives, as compromised and unfulfilling as they might be. But after a series of enigmatic films surface depicting a world vastly different from their own, some begin to question the very nature of their reality.

“Andrew Young Presents” Renews for Season 10
Tim Voit and Sewee Entertainment have announced that quarterly series “Andrew Young Presents” will return for a 10th season in first-run syndication in 2017.  The series, to-date, has been renewed in over 80 percent of the county.

Top market renewals include Fox-owned stations in NY (WNYW/WWOR), Chicago (WFLD/WPWR) and Philadelphia (WTXF) along with WSB/Atlanta, KSTP/Minneapolis, WEWS/Cleveland, WFTV/Orlando, WSOC/Charlotte, WTVF/Nashville and more.  The series also airs internationally in over 175 countries.

Filmed on location, “Andrew Young Presents” delivers a series of one-hour television events exploring civil rights history along with current national and global issues.  Ambassador Young is joined on his journeys by contemporary guests from sports, music & entertainment.


The Wonder is Back!

Hosted by David Osmond, “Wonderama” – America’s Family-Friendly TV Destination –
Returns Beginning January 7th
Check Local Listings for Premiere Info or visit WonderamaTV.com

NOTES OF INTERESTMegyn Kelly to Depart Fox News for NBC
Megyn Kelly, not surprisingly, is exiting Fox News for a multi-year deal at NBC News in what the network refers to as hosting a daytime news and discussion show, anchoring a Sunday night news shows, and being at the center of the network’s coverage of politics and other big events. Specific details of the deal have not been confirmed at press time.  She leaves Fox News this Friday, six months before her contract was set to expire in six months.

“Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career,” said Andrew Lack, President of the NBCUniversal News. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”

NBC said details on Kelly’s duties will be announced in the coming months.

For commentary on what Megyn Kelly’s departure will mean for Fox News, click here


What Megan Kelly’s Exit Means for Fox News?
From Campaign U.S.: There could be some choppy waters ahead for Fox News. And, for Megyn Kelly, there is no guarantee she will be a success in her new gig at NBC. Just think of Katie Couric, who left NBC’s “Today” at the height of her popularity in 2006. This week, 10 years later, she is back as a guest co-host on the morning franchise, filling in for Savannah Guthrie during her maternity leave. How about a nice piece of humble pie, Katie?

News of Kelly’s departure is certainly no surprise. Her contract was ending. She was instrumental in the departure of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. And her tumultuous relationship with president-elect Donald J. Trump made her one of the hottest tickets in town. Everyone wants a piece of her, so why not strike when the iron is hot? Clearly the time was right for Kelly to make the move.

For Fox News, the departure of Kelly could not have come at a worse time. For more, click here


“Bates Motel” on A&E will open its fifth, and final, season on Monday. Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. ET. Joining the cast will be Rihanna in the role of Marion Crane, the ill-fated character played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”


1. What do you think about Megyn Kelly leaving Fox news for NBC? Click here
2. What grade would you give the opening two episodes of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” with Arnold Schwarzenegger? Click here
3. What is your favorite diginet for watching nostalgic television?  Click here

Fox drama “star” debuts at 9 p.m. as the temporary replacement for “Empire.” The Big 4 networks are in all originals.  Lifetime debuts docuseries “Vivica’s Black Magic.”  For the schedule listings for Wednesday, Jan. 4, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
No TV Show in This Mix

Which one of the following five options was not the actual title of a television series?

a) “The Fifth Corner”
b) “Half & Half”
c) “Second Hand Rose”
d) “Second Noah”
e) “Tenspeed and Brown Shoe”
f) They all were

The answer to the yesterday’s question…

How many films did classic comedy team the Marx Brothers appear in?  Hint: I hope you are not unlucky in this first trivia question of 2017.

a) 10
b) 11
c) 12
d) 13
e) 15

…Is: d) 13.  The movies, in order, are “The Coconuts” (1929), “Animal Crackers” (1930), “Monkey Business” (1931), “Horse Feathers” (1932), “Duck Soup” (1934), “A Night at the Opera” (1935), “A Day at the Races” (1937), “Room Service” (1938), “At the Circus” (1939), “Go West” (1940), “The Big Store” (1941), “A Night in Casablanca” (1946) and “Love Happy” (1949).  Zeppo, the member of the Marx clan, exited the series after “Duck Soup.”  

Trivia All-Stars
Latasha Allen, Barbara Berman, Steve Bitterman, Jordan Breslow, John Brooker, Elvis Bussard, Tom Condosta, Audrey Davis, Joanne D’Urso, Steve Ellis, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, Martha Gonzalez, Heidi Hoffmeister, Kerry Hughes, Bob Ingersoll, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Rick Locke, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Anthony Salerno, Mark Maxwell-Smith, Bruce Starin, Michael Steinberg, Ronnie Tallant, Ted Zavales