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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
CBS sitcom “Alice,” based on 1974 theatrical “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” opened in 1976.  The series ran for nine seasons…The final episode of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” hosted by Fred Rogers, aired on PBS in 2001.  It debuted on Feb. 19, 1968…Celebrity birthdays: Actor Richard Gere is 67; Singer Debbie Gibson is 46.

Did You Know?:
Polly Holliday, who played sassy Florence Jean Castleberry on “Alice,” was featured in spin-off “Flo” from 1980-81.  Her replacement, Diane Ladd as Belle, played Flo in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”  When Ladd exited “Alice” after one season, Celia Weston joined the cast as Jolene.  Kiss my grits!

RATINGS BOX                                                                            
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 19 days

Tuesday 8/30/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.7/11, CBS: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 2.6/ 4, Fox: 1.0/ 2, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +44, NBC: +22, CBS and CW: -14 each, Fox: -17

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here
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Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of Aug. 21, 2016
(Percent change from the year-ago week in parentheses):

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 5.67 million (+14), CBS: 4.60 (-15), ABC: 3.60 (+ 7), Fox: 2.47 (+ 7), CW: 1.02 (- 7)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.4 rating/6 share (+17), CBS: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), Fox: 0.8/ 3 (+14), ABC: 0.8/ 3 (no change), CW: 0.3/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.8/ 6 (+12), CBS: 1.3/ 4 (-19), ABC: 1.1/ 4 (no change), Fox: 1.0/ 3 (+11), CW: 0.4/ 1 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 0.9/ 5 (+12), Fox: 0.6/ 3 (no change), CBS: 0.6/ 3 (-25), ABC: 0.5/ 3 (-17), CW: 0.2/ 1 (-33)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

ABC Orders Drama Thriller “Doomsday”
ABC has picked-up a new sci-fi drama thriller called “Doomsday,” with a pilot production commitment that has a penalty attached if it does not go to series, according to Deadline.  From  producer Carol Mendelsohn (“CSI”), writers Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd (“Justified”) and Sony TV, “Doomsday” starts in the aftermath of 9/11, when the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Since the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the list is sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs that’s ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.

Cinemax Orders Pilot for Bruce Lee-Inspired Drama “Warrior”
Cinemax has picked-up a pilot for “Warrior,” written by Jonathan Tropper and produced by Justin Lin, with the “Fast and the Furious” director also looking to direct.  “Warrior” is based off on a project that Bruce Lee had been working on for years in the 1960s, and follows a young martial-arts prodigy from China who immigrates to San Francisco and finds himself caught up in the middle of the Tong Wars in Chinatown.  Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee will serve as an executive producer and writer on the show.

According to his Lee’s wife Linda Lee Cadwell, the project became ABC martial arts drama “Kung Fu” from Warner Bros., starring David Carradine. Lee, in response, decided to leave Hollywood for Hong Kong where he made a string of hit movies in the early 1970s.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Netflix Orders Season Two of “Stranger Things”
Netflix has issued a second season renewal to “Stranger Things,” with an order for nine new episodes.  Set in Indiana in the 1980s, the plot follows the disappearance of a young boy, and a telekinetic girl who helps his friends in their search, while the boy’s older brother, mother, and the town police chief start their own investigation.  Creators and writers Matt and Ross Duffer, and executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen will return for this second season.

“Stranger Things” is produced by 21 Laps for Netflix.

DIY Network Renews “Stone House Revival”
DIY Network has ordered an additional 14 episodes of “Stone House Revival,” starring licensed contractor and carpenter Jeff Devlin.  In each episode of “Stone House Revival,” Jeff and his team of restoration experts work with homeowners to help revive dilapidated structures into modern living spaces while preserving their historic integrity.

NOTES OF INTEREST

ABC Expands Agreement to Air the Oscars
ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have expanded their agreement for eight more years, in which the network will remain home to the Oscars through 2028. The existing contract for the Academy Awards was scheduled to expire in 2020.

“We’re honored to continue our storied and successful partnership with ABC in broadcasting the most watched live entertainment event of the year,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “In 2028, we’ll mark the Oscars 100th anniversary, and ABC is the perfect partner to help us celebrate the magic of movies with our fans.”

Nickelodeon Introduces NickMusic TV Channel
Nickelodeon has announced the introduction of NickMusic, a 24-hour music video destination for kids.  Formerly known as MTV Hits, the television channel will be re-branded NickMusic beginning Friday, Sept. 9, and will feature a Nickelodeon-curated lineup of music videos that give kids their favorite Top 40 hits from breakout artists and ever-popular hit-makers.

NickMusic will showcase a 24-hour schedule of music videos featuring a variety of kids’ favorite artists from across all genres. Additionally, coming soon to the channel will be artist-hosted programming blocks; branded segments like “Videos We Heart,” “Pop Playback” and “Bumpin’ Beats;” as well as  long-form concert specials and series, including “TeenNick Top 10.”

American Heroes Channel and ABC News Commemorate 15thAnniversary of 9/11
American Heroes Channel (AHC) and ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions have joined forces to revisit the events on this day in history we will never forget with two specials: “9/11: As We Watched” on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 10 p.m. ET and “Capturing Bin Laden” on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 10 p.m. ET.  “9/11: As We Watched” recounts the story of that day through the eye of ABC News, as the legendary Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, and dozens of journalists rushed to the scene of chaos – and embarked on what would become 83 hours of live coverage. And “Capturing Bin Laden” tracks the rise and fall of the man who spent the decade following the 9/11 attacks at the top of America’s “Most Wanted” list.

Endemol Shine Beyond and Mashable Announce Distribution Partnership
Endemol Shine Beyond USA, the digital studio of Endemol Shine North America and Mashable, the media and entertainment company for the digital generation, have announced an exclusive partnership to distribute five digital series across Endemol Shine Beyond and Mashable properties, including websites, social and OTT channels.

Produced by Endemol Shine Beyond, each series will run across Mashable and its various social channels, which are home to approximately 30 million followers across the globe, as well as its dedicated YouTube channels and OTT platforms. The series will also run on Endemol Shine Beyond’s owned and operated network, which is available across more than 20 platforms including YouTube, Roku, DailyMotion, Amazon Fire and Apple TV.

The first series to launch is the third season of “Legends of Gaming,” which will hit in the fourth quarter of 2016. “Legends of Gaming” brings together top YouTuber’s for the most epic online gaming tournament, and is based on the Endemol Shine Beyond UK format of the same name.

OPINION

Here come the stinkers: What will fail on TV this fall
This week the focus is on the biggest potential losers

From Campaign US: After pinpointing the new series I think will succeed last week, I now shift my focus to those I would not get too used to. Once again, my benchmarks include the network, time period, competition, lead-in, critical acclaim, social-media potential and the quality of the show itself. And my picks – or pans, in this case – follow my recent two weeks at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, where no one will exactly tell you his show stinks.

That is my job.

Since choosing the first series cancellation of the season is always an interesting task, let me begin with my pick: the reboot of classic 1973 theatrical “The Exorcist” on Fox. For more, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Disney Channel will have a multi-region premiere for its music-filled “The Lodge,” a serialized mystery/drama inspired by the Disney Channel Israel series “North Star.” Produced in Northern Ireland, “The Lodge” will premiere Friday, Sept. 23 on Disney Channels in the U.K. and Canada and Monday, Oct. 17 (at 5 p.m. ET), on Disney Channel in the U.S. Episodes will also be available to view same day on the Disney Channel app and VOD platforms in the U.S. “The Lodge” will be seen in over 100 countries by the end of the year.

Television Series Arriving on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in September 2016
For a listing of the new original and off-network series titles for the month of September on the streaming video services Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu click here

PI POLLS
1. Who are you rooting for on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”  Click here
2. What do you think of Nick Viall chosen as ABC’s next “Bachelor”?  Click here
3. What is your favorite Gene Wilder film?  Click here
4. Who is your pick for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series?  Click here
5. What new network sitcom are you looking forward to the most this fall?  Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“The Night Shift” on NBC and “Greenleaf” on OWN conclude for the season.  Sitcom “You’re the Worst” returns on FXX.   For the complete primetime schedule for Wednesday, August 31, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Surviving Season One

Which one of the following movies turned TV shows made it into a second season?

a) “Blue Thunder”
b) “Foul Play”
c) “Freebie and the Bean”
d) “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”
e) “A League of Their Own”
f) None of them did
g) All of them did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following five quotes on “The Brady Bunch” was not said by Maureen McCormick as Marcia?

a) “From now on, I’m beautiful and noble; I’m Juliet!”
b) “I have never written any ridiculous thing like that in my diary!”
c) “It’s so beneficial for me to be away from those children in junior high and to be with people of my own mature growth.”
d) “Glasses! Oh, no, mom! Not glasses! They’ll make me look absolutely positively goofy!”
e) “Something suddenly came up.”

Is…d) ““Glasses! Oh, no, mom! Not glasses! They’ll make me look absolutely positively goofy!”.  Troubled Jan (Eve Plumb) spoke these very words.  Unfortunately, there is no reason to think Eve Plumb will be sitting in the audience cheering for Maureen McCormick in this fall’s “Dancing with the Stars.”  But there is hope we will see Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland or Susan Olsen.

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Barrett, Michelle Bauer, Barbara Berman, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Paul Certo, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Mark Cosenza, Suzy Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Ken Jobe,Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Derek Rogers, Joe Rubi, Anthony Salerno, Dan Whitford