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Monday, January 9, 2017
Live from the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
CBS western “Rawhide,” starring Clint Eastwood, opened its seven season run in 1959…Fox sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” launched in 2000.  Linwood Boomer (Adam from “Little House on the Prairie”) was the creator….In 1989, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak began a 15-month stint as host of late night CBS talker“The Pat Sajak Show.”  It could not compete with “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” on NBC…Also in late night: CBS franchise “The Late, Late Show” debuted in 1995 with Tom Snyder as host. Snyder was replaced by Craig Kilborn in 1999, who remained through 2004.  Following four months of guest hosts, Craig Ferguson took over in 2005 and was replaced by James Corden on March 23, 2015…NBC sitcom “3rd Rock From the Sun” began its six season run on NBC in 1996…ABC reality/competition “The Mole,” hosted by Anderson Cooper, opened in 2001.  By the fourth season it morphed into “The Celebrity Mole” with Ahmad Rashad taking over as host…Celebrity Birthdays: Country singer Crystal Gayle is 66; Oscar winner JK Simmons (“Whiplash”) is 63; Rock singer Dave Matthews is 50; London’s Kate Middleton is 35; Actress Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaires”) is 28.

Did You Know?
Aaron Paul auditioned for the role of Francis on “Malcolm in the Middle” but lost to Christopher Masterson. He would later be cast in “Breaking Bad,” of course, which also starred Bryan Cranston.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Sunday 1/08/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 11.4/18, Fox: 10.9/19, CBS: 5.5/ 9, ABC: 2.4/ 4

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +60, NBC and CBS: + 4 each, Fox: – 9

-Ratings Breakdown:
“The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards” led NBC to Sunday overnight victory, averaging a 13.3 rating/21 share in households in the 56 metered markets.  Comparably, this built from the two most recent years by two percent and six percent, respectively.  This is the second-highest-rated “Golden Globes” in 10 years in the household overnights, behind only the 14.1 rating in 2014.  It scored the highest rating in the time period for any Big 4 network, excluding sports, since last February’s “Academy Awards.”  And “The Golden Globes” more than tripled NBC’s average in the time period since last season (excluding sports).

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

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Monday 1/02/17: Click here
-Tuesday 1/03/17: Click here 

Source: Nielsen Media Research


The CW Announces Seven Early Series Renewals
The CW has greenlit new seasons of scripted hours “Arrow,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Supergirl” and “Supernatural,” which will all be present in the 2017-18 season.  For “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgins” the pick-ups are a result of the ongoing critical acclaim. Neither one-hour comedy has generated much interest a la the traditional Nielsen ratings.  And “Supernatural,” which is heading into season 13, will become the eighth longest-running scripted drama in television history (behind “Gunsmoke” and “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Lassie,” “CSI” and “ER,” and “Bonanza”).  The original “Hawaii Five-O” and “NYPD Blue,” at 12 seasons each, are now tied at No. 9 overall.

Of the three new CW dramas this season, “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow” have been canceled and “Riverdale,” based on the iconic characters from the “Archie” comic book franchise, debuts on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

Showtime Cancels “60 Minutes Sports”
“60 Minutes Sports,” the monthly series that features current events sports stories compiled by the “60 Minutes” team, along with classic stories from the show’s archives focused on sports topics and personalities, will not be returning for a fifth season.  The final episode will air in April.  It launched on Jan. 3, 2013.

NOTES OF INTERESTHulu Lands Exclusive Streaming Rights to “black-ish”
Hulu has announced a content licensing agreement with The Disney-ABC Television Group for the exclusive subscription streaming video-on-demand rights to ABC sitcom “black-ish.”  The series, which just earned its first Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, is available to stream in its entirety now on Hulu.  New episodes will continue to be available to stream for subscribers the day after they air on ABC.

Classic sitcom “The Golden Girls,” meanwhile, will also be available for streaming on Hulu effective on Monday, Feb. 13.  “The Golden Girls,” starring Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty, produced 180 episodes in its seven season run on NBC (from 1985 to 1992).

The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards…and the Winners Were…
“Moonlight” and “LA La Land” were named Best Motion Picture Drama and Musical or Comedy at the 74th Annual “Golden Globe Awards,” hosted by Jimmy Fallon.  Top honors on television went to Netflix’s “The Crown” for Best Drama, FX’s “Atlanta” for Best Comedy, and FX’s “The People v. OJ Simpson” for “Best TV Movie or Limited Series.”  But the big moment, hands down, was Meryl Streep’s blistering anti-Donald Trump comments when accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

“There were “many powerful performances this year, but there was one that stunned and sank its hooks in my heart,” she said.  “Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter — someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back.”

“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie,” she added. “It was real life.  And this instinct, to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.   Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.  We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage.”

For the complete listing of the winners, click here

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Meryl Streep Has a Message for Our Upcoming Commander-in-Chief
During her acceptance speech for the honorary Cecil B. DeMille award on “The 74thAnnual Golden Globe Awards,” Meryl Streep used the platform to express her views towards President-elect Donald Trump (sans mentioning him by name) and her support for her fellow Hollywood community and the press.  For a look, click here

Sofia Vergara’s Hilarious Mispronunciation of Golden Globes Tradition
Upon introducing Sylvester Stallone’s daughters as Miss Golden Globe, “Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara attempted to describe the “annual” tradition by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of having Hollywood’s next generation as award presenters.  But it went hilariously (and apparently, unintentionally) off-kilter two times.  Click here

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Recently introduced Fox sitcom “The Mick,” starring Kaitlin Olson,  will air on a special night and time, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. ET,, following first-ever one-hour episode of “The Simpsons” from 8-9 p.m. ET.  “Family Guy” will move to 9:30 p.m. that night.  In this episode of “The Mick,” Mickey (Olson) learns that the family has forgotten Ben’s (Jack Stanton) seventh birthday, and forces them to put their selfish tendencies aside for one day and throw him the celebration he deserves, which proves way harder than planned.


1. What grade you would give Jimmy Fallon as host of “The Golden Globe Awards”? Click here
2. What grade would you give the debut of “Emerald City” on NBC?
3. What is your favorite sitcom on CBS? Click here
4 What grade would you give the opening two episodes of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” with Arnold Schwarzenegger? Click here


ABC premieres Jimmy Kimmel game show “Big Fan.” “Fashion Police” on E! critiques the “Golden Globe” fashions. Viceland debuts “Hate Thy Neighbor.”  For the schedule listings for Monday, Jan. 9, click here

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Which commercial spot currently features appearances by George Wendt and John Ratzenberger from “Cheers”?

a) AT&T
b) Doritos
c) Schick Razor
d) Toyota
e) Turbotax

The answer to the Friday’s question…

Which one of the following TV characters would have the shortest commute if she were attending the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California next week?

a) Cassie Cranston
b) Zuleika Dunbar
c) Faith Fairfield
d) Grace Hanson
e) Nora Walker

is: e) Nora Walker, the matriarch on ABC drama “Brothers & Sisters” played by Sally Field who lived in Pasadena. 

Trivia All-Stars
Michelle Amundson, Gerry Bixenspan, Jordan Breslow, Larry Collins (2x), Jeff Greenberg, Heidi Hoffmeister, Bob Ingersoll, Shelly Johnson, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Steve La Rue, Richard Merten, Tom Moore, Greg Phelan, Gordon Purcell, Colleen Roth, Joe Swaney, Mindy Weinraub


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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.