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Friday, August 26, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
The first televised major league baseball games were shown on experimental station W2XBS in 1939: a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field…“7th Heaven,” the longest running series from producer Aaron Spelling, debuted in 1996. It aired for 11 seasons beginning on The WB and moving to The CW for its final season in 2006-07…Celebrity Birthdays: Former “Life Goes On” star Chris Burke is 51; Melissa McCarthy is 46; “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin is 36; Comedian John Mulaney is 34.

Did You Know?:
Once “7th Heaven” began season 10, it became the longest running family drama in the history of television (ahead of former leaders “The Waltons” and “Little House on the Prairie,” which aired for nine seasons each).

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 8/25/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.3/ 8, CBS: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 1.6/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +26, Fox: + 7, CBS: – 3, ABC: – 8, CW: -14

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here

Live + Same Day Data
Monday 8/22/16: Click here
Tuesday 8/23/16: Click here
Wednesday 8/24/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


FYI Orders Competition “Stove Tots”
FYI has greenlit a new reality/competition called “Stove Tots,” will follow the next generation of cooking masters – young maestros of the kitchen – as they prepare and compete in cook-offs across the U.S. The scoop: These culinary prodigies have sophisticated palettes, impressive knife skills, competitive drives and extremely involved parents.

From the producers of “Dance Moms,” episode will feature a new group of culinary wunderkinds, along with their overbearing parents, as they prepare recipes, search for inspiration and deal with the pressures of competition. It all leads up to competition day, where three culinary phenoms will go head-to-head in a two-round elimination tournament. Viewers will also get to know the junior chef’s background; how they got into cooking; ways they prepare and train to compete; and why they are pursuing a future in the culinary world at such a young age.

“Stove Tots” is produced for FYI by Collins Ave. Executive producers for Collins Ave are Jeff Collins, Sandi Johnson, Michael Hammond, Bryan Stinson and Laura Halperin. Alex Davies serves as co-executive producer. Executive producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Jordan Harman.


HLN Cancels “Dr. Drew”
On the heels of the pending departure of Nancy Grace comes word that HLN has swung the proverbial axe on nightly hour “Dr. Drew,” hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky.  “Dr. Drew and his team have delivered more than five years of creative shows and I want to thank them for their hard work and distinctive programming,” said CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz in a statement. “Their audience-driven shows, in particular, were innovative and memorable TV. And Dr. Drew has been an authoritative voice on addiction and on many other topical issues facing America today.”

The final episode of “Dr. Drew” will air on Thursday, Sept. 22.


HBO Acquires Tracey Ullman Sketch Show
HBO has acquired the rights to “Tracey Ullman’s Show,” a six-episode sketch comedy series which aired on BBC One in the UK earlier this year.  It will premiere on HBO on October 28 at 11 p.m., and will feature Ullman playing various characters, both everybody and famous faces. Ullman’s similarly-themed HBO series “Tracey Takes On…” ran for four seasons and won six Emmys.

Ullman’s original sketch comedy, which ran on Fox from 1987 to 1990, introduced the masses to an animated family called The Simpsons.

CBS All Access Subscription Service Now Available on Xbox One
CBS All Access, the digital subscription Video On Demand and Nielsen-measured live-streaming service, is now also available on Microsoft’s Xbox One.  In addition to Xbox One, CBS All Access subscribers can use the service on their Windows 10, Android and iOS devices via the CBS App; online at CBS.com; and through Xbox 360, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku players and Roku TV, with additional connected devices being added in the coming months.  To sign up for CBS All Access, visit: http://www.cbs.com/allaccess

Actor Marvin Kaplan Dies at 89
Marvin Kaplan, the voice of Choo-Choo on animated series “Top Cat” and a recurring player on sitcom “Alice,” died Wednesday at his home in Burbank, California.  He was 89.

Born Jan. 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, Kaplan made his film debut in 1949’s “Adam’s Rib” starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.  He was a regular on 1952-56 sitcom “Meet Millie,” and appeared on dozens of series as a guest star through the course of his career.  Included were “Gidget,” “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” “My Three Sons,” “Petticoat Junction,” “The Mod Squad” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”  Kaplan also appeared in small roles in films such as “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “The Great Race” and “A New Kind of Love.”  More recently, he made multiple appearances on Ted Danson sitcom “Becker.”

In addition to acting, Kaplan served as AFTRA Los Angeles local president for eight years and Performers’ Governor on the Television Academy. He was also a member of the California Artists Radio Theatre, Motion Picture Academy and the Academy of New Musical Theatre.

A memorial service has been planned at Theatre West in Los Angeles. A date and time has yet to be announced.


A&E will mark the 20th anniversary of the infamous murder of the child beauty JonBenet Ramsey with “The Killing of JonBenét: The Truth Uncovered,” a two-hour documentary premiering Monday, September 5 at 9 p.m. ET.  Included will be never-before-seen case details and the first sit-down interview with John Ramsey as he shares access to his diaries at the time of the murder.  Exclusive DNA evidence promises to shed new light on who actually committed the murder.  “The Killing of JonBenét: The Truth Uncovered” is produced by Mills Productions for A&E Network.

“America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa: The New Decades,” an election-year special that reveals important statistics on the demographic groups that just may decide this year’s presidential election, will premiere on PBS on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 10 p.m. ET.  “America by the Numbers” discusses the profound ways the election has spurred minority groups into action.

History will present a week of programming, including three original primetime documentaries and a series of digital shorts, to commemorate the 15thanniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks.  A new special, “15 Septembers Later,”will premiere on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. ET, and the Emmy Award-winning “102 Minutes That Changed America: 15th Anniversary”and “America’s 9/11 Flag: Rise From the Ashes” will air on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, respectively.

Preschool themed Sprout will debut “The Furchester Hotel,” a co-production by Sesame Workshop and the BBC’s preschool children’s channel CBeebies, on Monday, Sept. 26 as part of its “Back to New” initiative. “The Furchester Hotel” is set in an ‘almost’ world-class hotel run by a close-knit family of cheerfully chaotic monsters. As guests arrive, they are greeted by monster owner Funella Furchester, her loving husband, Furgus Fuzz, and their daughter, the unflappable Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz. Elmo, Phoebe’s cousin who is on an extended visit, and Cookie Monster, who has landed his dream job as a room service and dining room waiter, join the Furchester family at the hotel.

Travel Channel four-week special event,” Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti,” will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET.  The premise: Adventurer and explorer Josh Gates embarks on an epic and enthralling journey through Nepal and Bhutan, in search of the truth behind the legend of the abominable snowman named Yeti. Is the abominable snowman out there? And if so, what is it?

1. Which one of the five jury members would you like to see return to the Big Brother house?  Click here
2. Should Ryan Lochte be allowed to compete on “Dancing With the Stars” after his behavior in Rio? Click here
3. What grade would you give the series premiere of “Better Late Than Never” on NBC?  Click here
4. What grade would you give the 2016 Rio Olympics in its entirety?  Click here
5. What new network sitcom are you looking forward to the most this fall?  Click here
Amazon debuts teen comedy “The Kicks.”  Discovery premieres financial themed docuseries “Blue Collar Backers” out of the season-opener of “Bering Sea Gold.”  CBS offers NFL preseason match-up between the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Bucaneers    For the complete primetime schedule for Friday, August 26, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Reaching 100

Which one of the following cable dramas passed the 100-episode mark?

a) “Mad Men”
b) “Rizzoli & Isles”
c) “The Shield”
d) “Six Feet Under”
e) “The Sopranos”
f) None of them did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following sitcoms did not move to a new location at some point during its run?

a) “Coach”
b) “Gimme a Break”
c) “Laverne & Shirley”
d) “My Three Sons”
e) “Too Close For Comfort”
f) They all did

…Is: f) They all did as follows:

-“Coach” (ABC): Minnesota to Florida
-“Gimme a Break” (NBC): California to New York
-“Laverne & Shirley”: Wisconsin to California
-“My Three Sons”: somewhere in the Midwest to California
-“Too Close For Comfort”: San Francisco to Marin County – both in California

Although “Too Close For Comfort” was renamed “Ted Knight Show” at the time of the move, it morphed back into “Too Close For Comfort” after debuting in off-network syndication.

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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.