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Friday, January 20, 2017
In 1961, game show “You’re in the Picture,” hosted by Jackie Gleason, debuted. It was so bad, CBS pulled it after one episode and Gleason went on camera one week later to apologize to the audience…Teen targeted drama “Dawson’s Creek”premiered on The WB in 1998 and remained on the air through May 2003…AMC’s“Breaking Bad” began its five season run in 2008.  It concluded on Aug. 11, 2013 after 62 episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 87; “Twin Peaks” creator David Lynch is 71; Late night talk show host Bill Maher is 61; Actor Evan Peters (“American Horror Story”) is 30.

Did You Know?
AMC was initially reluctant to cast Cranston as Walter White because of being known for comedy “Malcolm in the Middle.” But after John Cusack and Matthew Broderick turned down the role, “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan was able to cast Cranston.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 1/19/16 Overnights

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.4/ 9, NBC: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 2.9/ 5, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Perfect Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +32, CBS: + 6, NBC: -19, Fox: -66, CW: -67

Ratings Breakdown:
Led by “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS stood well above the competition in the Thursdayovernights with a 59 percent household advantage over second place NBC.  “The Big Bang Theory” scored a 10.2 rating/17 share in households in the 8 p.m. half-hour, leading into time period dependent “The Great Indoors” at a 5.0/ 8 at 8:30 p.m.  While “The Great Indoors” did dominate the time period, it also slipped by 51 percent from “The Big Bang Theory.”

Next on CBS was “Mom” at first-place 5.5/ 9 in the 9 p.m. half-hour into an also dominant 4.5/ 7 for sophomore “Life in Pieces” at 9:30 p.m.  Canceled Eye net medical drama “Pure Genius” closed the night with a second-place 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m., which trailed a special edition of ABC’s”20/20” (America’s First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington: 3.7/ 7) by just one-tenth of a rating point.  Third in the hour was once watercooler-worthy “The Blacklist” on NBC at a 3.4/ 6.

In season (or series) finale news, NBC sitcom “The Good Place” finished with a fourth-place 2.6/ 4 at 8:30 p.m.  An 8 p.m. installment of the Kristen Bell/Ted Danson sitcom scored a 2.8/ 5 (#2t) at 8 p.m., which does not bode well for a potential second season renewal.

For more of the analysis plus the breakdown by half-hour, click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Monday 1/16/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


NBC Confirms the Return of “Will & Grace”
After months of rumors, and that recent YouTube presidential election reunion, NBC has confirmed that sitcom “Will & Grace” is being revived.  The network has placed an order for 10 new episodes to air at some point next season.  Originally running from 1998-2006, 185 episodes of “Will & Grace” were telecast, with each of the principal stars – Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally – all winning Emmy awards and all returning to this reboot.

Also returning are the show’s creators and original executive produces, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.

A&E Network Revives “Cold Case Files”
A&E Network is bringing back true crime series, “Cold Case Files,” with the first of 10 new episodes narrated by Danny Glover on Monday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET.   Each episode of the new “Cold Case Files” will feature a single case that has been left unsolved for years, brought to life through dramatizations and first-person storytelling from the detectives and loved ones who lived through the harrowing experiences. The series will highlight different approaches to solving cold cases that are more wide-ranging than ever before, enlisting crowd-solving and social media, alongside new advancements in technology to lead to further breakthroughs in each documented case.

The logline: There are 120,000 cold cases in America, and only one percent will ever be solved. The return of “Cold Case Files” will explore compelling new cases that have gone cold for years and chronicle the journeys of the detectives who reopened them.  The detectives relive the events of the crimes, reveal new twists and startling revelations for full viewer immersion into these tragic cases, relying on breakthroughs in forensic technology and the influence of social media to help crack these cases – bringing long-awaited closure to the victim’s families and friends. From Blumhouse Television (“The Jinx”) and independent production studio, AMPLE, “Cold Case Files” is narrated by award-winning actor and humanitarian Danny Glover and will air over 10 one-hour episodes on A&E.

“Cold Case Files” originally premiered on A&E in 1998 and ran for nearly 10 years. It became the network’s highest rated series, while also being nominated for two Emmys for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

Amazon Renews “Sneaky Pete” for Season Two
Crime drama “Sneaky Pete,” which premiered on Jan. 13, has been renewed for a second season. The series, which follows Marius Josipovic (Giovanni Ribisi), a released convict who adopts the identity of his cell mate in order to avoid his past life, was the second most streamed original scripted series on an opening day on Amazon, behind “The Man in the High Castle.” “Sneaky Pete” was co-created and is executive produced by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, and executive produced by Graham Yost (“The Americans”).

The series also features Marin Ireland (“Side Effects”), Peter Gerety (“Prime Suspect”), Libe Barer (“Parenthood”), Shane McRae (“Still Alice”), Michael Drayer (“Mr. Robot”), and Margo Martindale (“The Americans”). “Sneaky Pete” is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television and is now available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

Food Network Orders 13 Extra Episodes of “Ginormous Food”
Midway through the first season, Food Network announced today it has picked up 13 additional episodes of new primetime series, “Ginormous Food,” starring comedian and food fanatic Josh Denny, as he travels the country tasting the greatest and biggest dishes, while learning about the amazing stories and people behind them.  The series airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET.


TV Land is Not Just for Baby Boomers Anymore
From PromaxBDA: Once upon a time, cable network TV Land was synonymous with the classic television brand. You can still tune in to the network each day for “Gunsmoke” and “The Andy Griffith Show,” or more recent sitcom encores such as “Roseanne,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “How I Met Your Mother,”  among others, if it is nostalgia you seek.But diginets such as Me-TV, Antenna TV and Cozi TV have inherited the classic TV label. And the TV Land of today, anchored with three-year old sitcom Younger, is now more focused on navigating baby boomers into Gen-Xers and, in a perfect world, into the world of the coveted millennials.

Celebrating 20 years on the air last April, the transition of TV Land from pure nostalgia to original programming began in 2008 with a revival of WB reality series High School Reunion and modeling competition She’s Got the Look. For more, click here

“NCIS: Los Angeles” Star Miguel Ferrer Dies at 61
Miguel Ferrer, who played Owen Granger on CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2012, and co-starred with Jill Hennessy on NBC’s “Crossing Jordan,” died yesterday following a battle with throat cancer. He was 61.  Ferrer was the son of Academy Award and Tony winner José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney, and the cousin of George Clooney.

“Today, “NCIS: Los Angeles” lost a beloved family member,” showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement. “Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart.  Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family.  He will be greatly missed.”

Born on Feb. 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, Ferrer launched his career in the early 1980s with guest roles on series like “Magnum, P.I.,” “CHiPS,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “Trapper John, M.D.”  His movie roles included “Heartbreaker,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” and “Robocop,” and he appeared in the original “Twin Peaks” on ABC in 1990, which he re-created his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld in the upcoming revival on Showtime.
Ferrer also had regularly scheduled roles in TV dramas “Shannon’s Deal,” “Broken Badges” and the revival of “Bionic Woman,” and sitcoms “On the air” and “LateLine.”  He is survived by his wife Lori, and sons Lukas and Rafi.

Endemol Shine North American Signs Development Deal with Angie Martinez
Endemol Shine North America has signed a development deal with multimedia personality and bestselling author Angie Martinez.  As part of the agreement, Endemol Shine North America, which produces “Big Brother” (CBS), “MasterChef” (FOX), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo) and upcoming “Hunted” (CBS), will develop unscripted and scripted content with Martinez for both traditional and digital platforms.

Martinez’s weekday radio show, “The Angie Martinez Show,” airs on New York’s Power 105.1 and on Miami’s The Beat 103.5, and is also available through iHeartMedia.com and the iHeartMedia app.  In May 2016, Martinez released her first memoir, My Voice (Celebra-Penguin Random House), where she detailed her career progression.

Casting News
Barry Watson (“7th Heaven”) has been cast as Ricky Cooper in upcoming hour-long family dramedy “Date My Dad” on UP TV.  “Date My Dad” tells the story of a single dad raising three daughters. The logline: Ricky Cooper had the perfect life. A former professional baseball player, he was married to Isabella, the love of his life. Ricky’s world comes crashing down when Isabella passes away leaving him to raise three daughters alone. “Date My Dad” picks up three years later while Ricky is raising the girls with the help of his live-in mother-in-law, Rosa (Raquel Welch).

Former “Glee” star Jane Lynch has been cast in upcoming Discovery drama “Manifesto.”   Produced by John Goldwyn, serving as consultant to Discovery, Lionsgate, Trigger Street Productions and Discovery Channel, the series will tell the story of how FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington, “Avatar”, “Hacksaw Ridge”) deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany, “Gangster No. 1,” “Captain America: Civil War”), also known as the “Unabomber,” one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world.

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Stephen Colbert Re-Emerges on Inauguration-Eve Edition of ‘The Late Show’
On the final night of the Obama presidency, famed “conservative pundit” Stephen Colbert appeared on “The Late Show” to offer his observations on President Obama.  For a look, click here

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The CW and lifestyle brand Tough Mudder Inc. will debut a new multi-platform six-part series, “Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within” on Thursday, Feb. 2 on digital network CW Seed.  The episodes will focus on “everyday heroes” – the Granito brothers, Denise Florio, and Mirna Valerio – who must overcome their daily struggles and hardships to accomplish something they never thought possible: completing the 10-12 mile Tough Mudder obstacle course.  The one-hour broadcast finale airing on The CW will chronicle the group’s journey as they come together to accomplish completing a Tough Mudder.

“The Big Interview,” hosted by Dan Rather, will return for season five on AXS TV on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. ET.  Season five features 18 all-new episodes and kicks off with a candid conversation with Kid Rock, the musician, actor, and activist.  The season also includes Sheryl Crow; singer Kix Brooks, formerly of Brooks & Dunn; ZZ Top axeman Billy Gibbons; and Country queen Crystal Gayle, the first female Country artist to have an album go platinum.

New BET scripted drama “Rebel,” which focuses on the complicated relationship the Black community faces with police officers, debuts on Tuesday, March 28 at 9 p.m. ET.  The logline: Featuring an all-star cast, including Giancarlo Esposito, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, LaTanya Richardson, and Brandon Quinn (Mack, Rebel’s Former Partner), the series examines the conflicted relationship officers of color have with their jobs at a time when police forces are rife with brutality and misconduct.


CBS and ABC’s “20/20” features news of Donald J. Trump upcoming inauguration.  Netflix offers first season of western “Frontier.” Late night talker “Real Time with Bill Maher” returns on HBO.  For the schedule listings for Friday, Jan. 20, click here


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Which one of the following five TV show titles was only used for one series?

a) “The Closer”
b) “Friends”
c) “Lost”
d) “Sara”
e) “Sons & Daughters”
f) They were all used for two different shows

The answer to Wednesday’s question…

In honor of everyone’s favorite, Betty White, who turned 95 yesterday, which one of the following series did she not win an Emmy award for?

a) “The Golden Girls”
b) “The John Larroquette Show”
c) “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
d) “The Practice”
e) “Saturday Night Live”

is: d) “The Practice,” which Betty received an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

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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.