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Monday, January 30, 2017
Classic ABC western “The Lone Ranger,” which aired from Sept. 15, 1949 to Sept. 12, 1957, began on radio on this day in 1933…Dramatic anthology “Robert Montgomery Presents” debuted on NBC in 1950 and aired for seven seasons…In 1977, “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” opened on ABC and alternated in the Sunday 7 p.m. ET hour.  By the second season Nancy Drew was incorporated into the Hardy Boys’ mysteries, which resulted in the departure of Pamela Sue Martin and the arrival of Janet Louise Johnson. The show’s title was shortened to “The Hardy Boys Mysteries” for its third and final season…Celebrity birthdays: Oscar winner Gene Hackman (“The French Connection”) is 87; Singer Phil Collinsis 66; Actor Christian Bale (“American Hustle”) is 43; Actor Wilmer Valderrama(“That’70s Show”) is 37.

Did You Know?
Gene Hackman was in contention to play Mike Brady on classic ABC sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” “There were a number of men I wanted to interview, including Gene Hackman,” recalled creator Sherwood Schwartz in book Brady, Brady, Brady.”“Paramount wouldn’t even okay Gene Hackman for an interview because he had a very low TVQ.” (TVQ is a survey that executives use to determine the audience’s familiarity with performances). The year after “The Brady Bunch” debuted, Hackman won the Academy Award for Best Actor in “The French Connection.”

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Sunday 1/29/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.3/10, Fox: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 2.5/ 4, NBC: 1.8/ 3

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Note: Fox aired the live production on “Grease!” on 1/31/16
ABC: +67, CBS: + 5, NBC: -38, Fox: -53

-Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean household overnight sweep for CBS care of its combination of granddaddy “60 Minutes” (#1: for the night: 8.2 rating/14 share), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (7.3/12), which successfully moved into the Sunday 8 p.m. hour this season, “Madam Secretary” (6.0/10) and “Elementary” (3.9/ 5).  After five marginally rated season (and enough episodes for off-network), my prediction is “Elementary” will be ending this spring.

In the distant No. 2 spot was annual special “Miss Universe,” hosted by Steve Harvey and Ashley Graham, at a 3.5/6 share in the household overnights from 7-10 p.m. on Fox. The peak half-hour was, as expected, 9:30 p.m., at a 4.5/ 7.  And, thankfully, Steve Harvey got the winner’s name correct this time!

For more, plus the breakdown by half-hour for Sunday, Jan. 29, click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Tuesday 1/24/17: Click here

-Wednesday 1/25/17: Click here
-Thursday 1/26/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Megyn Kelly Expected to Inherit the Weekday 9 A.M. Hour on NBC
Nothing is officially confirmed at NBC, but reports are suggesting that Megyn Kelly, who has exited Fox news for NBC, will take over the Monday to Friday 9-10 a.m. EThour in a daily one-hour talk show next fall.  That means she will replace either Tamron Hall and Al Roker or Hoda Kotb or Kathie Lee Gifford in the third hour of the “Today” show. There are no details at present on Kelly’s upcoming show.

“Hamilton” Cast to Sing at “Super Bowl LI”
Original cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit ”Hamilton: An American Musical,” will sing ”America the Beautiful” during pregame festivities at Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5. The performance by Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo, who starred as the Schuyler Sisters, will be televised live by Fox prior to kickoff Feb. 5 when the Atlanta Falcons face the New England Patriots.

Screen Actors Guild Awards: And the Winners Were…
TBS and TNT featured the live telecast of the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. Actress Lily Tomlin, whose career spans nearly six decades, received  the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by her “9 to 5” co-star Dolly Parton.  Here is the complete listing of winners:

TELEVISION-Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
-Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series:
William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
-Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series:
“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or limited series:
Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or limited series:
Bryan Cranston, “All the Way” (HBO)
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series:
John Lithgow, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series:
Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series:
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)


Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role:
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role:
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role:
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role:
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture:
“Hidden Figures”
-Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
“Hacksaw Ridge”


The CW Orders Pilots for Dramas “Searchers” and “Dynasty”
The CW has announced its first two pilot drama orders for 2017: “Searchers” from Greg Berlanti, and a reboot of 1980s drama “Dynasty,” told primarily through the perspectives of Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington, and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into the family. The original “Dynasty” on ABC, of course, was more focused on Linda Evans as Krystle versus Joan Collins as Blake’s ex-wife Alexis.

“Searchers” follows a group of unlikely heroes and takes place 10 years after the death of their parents, when a pragmatic brother and free-spirited sister are forced to team when they learn that their mother’s terrifying and bizarre stories may be a road map to discovering the legends, myths and unexplainable mysteries of the world.


Dynamic Television has named Tasja Abel as Vice President of Acquisitions, Sales & Co-Productions. Abel comes to Dynamic from ZDF Enterprises, where she served in key positions such as VP Drama, overseeing the team on all acquisitions and development as well as handling international sales. She will report to Klaus Zimmermann, Managing Partner of Dynamic Television, and will be based in Berlin.

A+E Networks has appointed Youngsun Soh as General Manager, A+E Networks Korea. In her new role, Soh will be responsible for developing and delivering on the vision, strategy and business initiatives for A+E Networks in Korea, including building the A+E brands and audience, growing advertising sales and developing content investment plans that support those initiatives. In addition, she will establish A+E Networks’ presence in the digital space through robust investment in technology and original content.  Soh comes to A+E Networks from Twitter Korea, where she served as Market Director, responsible for all business development efforts and user growth in the Korean market.

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Hulu drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, will be available for streaming on Wednesday, April 26.  The logline” “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller. Executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken.


Fox dramas “Gotham” and “Lucifer” go on hiatus. “The Odd Couple” concludes for the season (or series) on CBS.  Nickelodeon debuts drama “Ride,” which takes place at Covington Academy, a super posh, super elite equestrian boarding school filled with students who are wealthy, privileged, and exceptionally talented riders.   For the schedule listings for Monday, Jan. 30, click here


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Rose Has a Fantasy

Which one of the following five celebrities did Rose (Betty White) fantasize was her father on sitcom “The Golden Girls”?

a) Johnny Carson
b) Bing Crosby
c) Bob Hope
d) Jimmy Stewart
e) Rudolph Valentino

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following dramas featured an episode with Mike Connors as a guest star that was a sequel to a season seven episode of “Mannix” titled “Little Girl Lost”?

a) “Diagnosis Murder”
b) “Law & Order”
c) “Matlock”
d) “N.Y.P.D. Blue”
e) “Picket Fences”

is: a) “Diagnosis Murder.”  Airing on Feb. 13, 1997, this unique episode of “Diagnosis Murder” teamed Mike Connors as Joe Mannix with his old friend Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) to solve a murder case that the detective was unable to crack on his own series 24 years earlier.

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Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Anthony Salerno (2x), David Shearer, Mike Tankel, Dan Whitford

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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.