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Thursday, January 5, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Daytime drama “All My Children” opened in 1970.  It aired on ABC through Sept. 23, 2011 and was briefly revived on The Online Network (with “One Life to Live”) in 2013… ABC western “Alias Smith & Jones,” which was modeled after theatrical “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” opened in 1971.  Roger Davis, who had been doing the program’s opening and closing narrations, was chosen to replace Peter Deuel as Hannibal Hayes after Deuel committed suicide on Dec. 31, 1971…ABC’s”Nightline” with Ted Koppel extended from 20 to 30 minutes in 1981 …”Ally McBeal” on Fox featured the first appearance by the Dancing Baby in 1998. Clickhere…Celebrity Birthdays: Oscar winner Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies”) is 86; Oscar winner Diane Keaton (“Annie Hall”) is 71; “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba is 49; Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 48; Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is 42; Former “Mad Men” star January Jones is 39.

Did You Know?
At the height of its popularity, Fox spun-off “Ally McBeal” into an additional half-hour series called “Ally.”  Airing in 1999 and designed in a sitcom format, the series was a combination of re-edited scenes from the parent program and previously unseen footage. Thirteen episodes were produced, but only 10 aired.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Wednesday 1/04/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.2/ 7, ABC and NBC: 4.0/ 7 each, Fox: 3.7/ 6, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: no change, ABC: – 7, NBC: -23, CW: -29, Fox: -49

-Ratings Breakdown:
Fox without “American Idol” and “Empire” will certainly feel the loss in this first quarter.  Stepping in for “Empire,” new drama “Star” finished fourth in the 9 p.m.hour with a modest 3.3 rating/5 share in the household overnights. Comparably, the second half of the “American Idol” season-opener on the year-ago evening averaged a 7.4/12, which was 124 percent higher.  “Star” dropped in the vicinity of approximately 40 percent from what “Empire” would normally score in the overnights. And, “Star” dipped from lead-in “Lethal Weapon” (#3: 4.2/ 7 at 8 p.m.) by 21 percent. The one positive worth noting, however, was no loss in households for “Star” in the second half hour.

CBS won this first Wednesday of 2017 in the household overnights with its combination of “Undercover Boss” (#1: 4.1/ 7), “Criminal Minds” (#2: 4.5/ 7) and sophomore “Code Black” (#3: 3.9/ 7).

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Live + Same Day Data

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Source: Nielsen Media Research


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

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Netflix Acquires Documentary “Casting JonBenet”
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Kitty Green’s documentary “Casting JonBenet,” which will have its world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. This is the first time a nonfiction work from the company will compete. The film, produced by Green, will launch on Netflix and in limited theatrical release in spring of 2017.

The logline: “Casting JonBenet” is a sly and stylized exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case, the still unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey. After years of media speculation and public fascination, audiences are presented with a documentary hybrid examining the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet. Over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramseys’ Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and even performances from the local community. In doing so, Casting JonBenet examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behavior of successive generations of parents and children.


Disney Channel Cancels “Girl Meets World”
Disney Channel has opted against a fourth season of sitcom “Girl Meets World.”  Spun-off from ABC’s long-running “Boy Meets World” and debuting on June 27, 2014, “Girl Meets World” followed the daughter (Rowan Blanchard) of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga Matthews (Danielle Fishel) in New York City and her best friend Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) as they navigated the challenges of life and school. August Maturo, Peyton Meyer and Corey Fogelmanis also starred.

“It is with incredible pride in our work and complete sadness that things end, that I report to this wonderful audience that our show is over,” the writers’ account tweeted in a series of posts. “I just officially got the call, and would like to thank this audience for its incredible love and loyalty. Please watch our January episodes. We leave you with three incredible souvenirs of a show we couldn’t be more proud of. As I look back I can tell you with absolute certainty — we gave you our best.”

The series finale of “Girl Meets World” airs on Friday, Jan. 20.

“Dish Nation” Renewed on Fox Stations Through 2019
Fox Television Stations has renewed daily half-hour entertainment magazine “Dish Nation” through 2019.  Debuting in July 2011 on the Fox Stations, “Dish Nation” features celebrity news and humorous commentary on pop culture presented by radio personalities from across the country.  “Dish Nation’s” radio teams include Atlanta’s “Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” heard locally on Atlanta’s WHTA, and “Heidi & Frank,” heard weekdays on KLOS in Los Angeles.

“Over the last five years, ‘Dish Nation’ has found its place serving a younger audience on station lineups,” said Stephen Brown, Executive Vice President of Programming and development for Fox Television Stations. “This year, we are moving toward a live format and anticipate it will help the program to stay on for years to come.”

“Dish Nation” is produced by Fox Television Stations and distributed by Twentieth Television. Vinny Rutherford serves as executive producer.

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“Archer” Moves to FXX in Season Eight
Animated “Archer,” which recently received an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, will shift from FX to FXX in the upcoming eighth season.  Debuting on Sept. 17, 2009, “Archer” revolves around the hardboiled private eye Sterling Archer and his quest to find his partner’s killer in 1947 Los Angeles. The case proves to be more difficult than expected after Archer quickly gets mixed up in a deadly game of tug of war between Los Angeles’ most powerful crime bosses. Every clue leads Archer further away from his goal and deeper into a mystery involving kidnapping, prostitution and drug addiction. The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, Adam Reed and Lucky Yates.
“Archer” was created by Adam Reed and Floyd County Productions and is executive produced by Reed and Matt Thompson. The show is produced by FX Productions.

Casting News
Former “Lost” star Harold Perrineau is joining CBS procedural “Criminal Minds” in the recurring role of Calvin Shaw, a former FBI agent incarcerated for killing one of his informants. Shaw has a run-in with a BAU agent and the team must determine whether he’s a friend or foe.


History will air two hour special, “The 44th President: In His Own Words,” onSunday, Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. ET. Logline: In profound and candid new interviews with the POTUS conducted both before and after the 2016 Presidential election, the two-hour special is a unique examination of the Obama presidency from the inside out.


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ABC News offers a two-hour special on the Menendez Brothers. NBC’s line-up of “Superstore,” “The Good Place,” “Chicago Med” and “The Blacklist” returns. Viola Davis is featured on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” on Bravo.  “Portlandia” opens new season on IFC.  For the schedule listings for Thursday, Jan. 5, click here
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Philadelphia…My Kind of Town

Which one of the following five series was not set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?

a) “Amen”
b) “Cold Case”
c) “Hack”
d) “thirtysomething”
e) “‘Til Death”
f) They all were

The answer to the yesterday’s question…

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

…Is: c) “Second Hand Rose,” which was a silent film produced in 1922 (and a song made famous by Fannie Brice).  As for the television series…

-“The Fifth Corner” (NBC): 1992 –espionage drama
-“Half & Half” (UPN): 2002-06 – sitcom
-“Second Noah” (ABC): 1996-97 – family drama
-“Tenspeed & Brownshoe” (ABC): 1980 – detective drama

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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.