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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
The were three series finales: CBS detective drama “Crazy Like a Fox” in 1986, the original “Dallas” on CBS in 1991, and “Party of Five” on Fox in 2000.  “Dallas,” which aired through May 3, 1991, also featured prequel movie “Dallas: The Early Years” in 1986 and reunion movies “Dallas: Jr. Returns” in 1996 and“Dallas: War of the Ewings” in 1998. The recent revival on TNT aired from 2012-14. “Crazy Like a Fox,” meanwhile, was revived for television movie “Still Crazy Like a Fox” on April 5, 1987…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Frankie Valli is 83; “Boardwalk Empire” star Bobby Cannavale is 47; “Pysch” star Dule Hill is 42; dancer Cheryl Burke is 33.

-Did You Know?:
The role of Sarah on “Party of Five,played by Jennifer Love Hewitt, was originally planned for only nine episodes in season two. But the producers liked Hewitt’s performance and she became a regular. In 1999, Hewitt exited “Party of Five” for spin-off “Time of Your Life, which co-starred Jennifer Garner and ran for just one season.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 5/02/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.9/12, NBC: 4.1/ 7, ABC: 2.2/ 4, Fox: 1.5/ 3, CW: 1.4/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +10, Fox: + 7, CBS: – 4, CW: -18, NBC: -25

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean Tuesday overnight household sweep for CBS, as usual, with its combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.2 rating/14 share), “Bull” (6.9/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (5.6/10). Given the compatibility of the three dramas, personally I think CBS leave well enough alone and keep Tuesday intact next season. For more programming suggestions for the broadcast networks, click here

In week two news, two additional episodes of NBC sitcom “Great News” took a tumble. The 9 p.m. episode scored a 2.4/ 4 (#2) in the household overnights, which was 29 percent below the 3.4/ 6 one week earlier. And the 9:30 p.m. installment averaged a 1.8/ 3 (#2t), which was down by 36 percent from the 2.8/ 5 last week. Comparably, “Great News” held only 60 percent of its “The Voice” lead-in (#2: 6.0/10 from 8-9 p.m.). NBC continues to struggle finding a new hit comedy, but for a suggestion how to do so next fall click here

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour) for Tuesday, May 2, clickhere

Live + Same Day Data
Monday 4/24/17: Click here
Tuesday 4/25/17: Click here
Wednesday 4/26/17: Click here
Thursday 4/27/17: Click here
Friday 4/28/17: Click here
Saturday 4/29/17: Click here
Sunday 4/20/17: Click here
Monday 5/01/17: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of April 24:
What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results from Nielsen (with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses):

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 6.21 million (-17), NBC: 5.32 (- 2), ABC: 4.05 (-21), Fox: 2.43 (-24), CW: 1.23 (-22)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.1 rating/4 share (no change), ABC and CBS: 0.9/ 4 (-25), Fox: 0.8/ 3 (-20), CW: 0.4/ 2 (-33)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 1.5/ 5 (- 6), CBS: 1.4/ 4 (-18), ABC: 1.2/ 4 (-20), Fox: 0.9/ 3 (-25), CW: 0.5/ 2 (-29)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 0.6/ 3 (-14), CBS: 0.5/ 2 (-17), ABC: 0.5/ 3 (-37 each), CW: 0.3/ 2 (-40)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Let’s Play Chess with the Network Lineups
From Campaign US: As you read this, a small horde of TV executives, dizzy from screening pilot episodes, are gathered in a conference room somewhere in Midtown Manhattan staring at a large scheduling board and a handful of erasable markers. Their job is to figure out where, or if, these new series belong on the schedule, all the while trying to anticipate what the competition might do. It’s like playing chess with an invisible partner and game pieces that may or may not fall apart halfway through the match.

Yes, Network upfront presentation week is less than two weeks away. In the interest of making the job a bit easier for these executive, allow me make some last-minute suggestions. For more, click here

The Sternberg Report provides insights and analysis into TV/Video programming, research, measurement issues, big and small data, broadcast and cable networks, premium and streaming services, social media, and much more.

Contact Steve Sternberg at sternbergreport@gmail.com.to receive the latest issue for free and find out about subscribing. For more information, click here


Pat Sajak, Vanna White and Alex Trebek Renew Contracts Through 2019-20
Pat Sajak and Vanna White, hosts of veteran game show “Wheel of Fortune,” and Alex Trebek, host of often companion half-hour “Jeopardy!,” have renewed their contracts with Sony Pictures Television to continue hosting their shows through the 2019-20 season. “Wheel of Fortune,” along with Sajak and White, are currently in their 34th season in syndication; “Jeopardy!” and Trebek are in their 33rd season on the air, respectively.

“Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” are produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company; and are distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp.

ABC Eyes “American Idol” Reboot
Following talk of NBC expressing interest in a reboot of “American Idol” comes word that ABC is interested in the singing competition, which concluded its 15-season run on Fox last season. According to TMZ, ABC wants to move “American Idol” to New York to accommodate new “Live with Kelly and Ryan” co-host Ryan Seacrest, and it wants to debut it in March 2018. But reports indicate that producer Fremantle has already nixed the idea of moving the series from Los Angeles. Stay tuned.

HBO Announces Documentary about Princess Diana
HBO Documentary Films will produce a documentary which will celebrate the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales, in the 20th year since her tragic passing. HBO has U.S. rights to the film, produced by Oxford Film and Television for the ITV network in the U.K, and the documentary will be built around interviews with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, both of whom talk openly and in depth about their mother and how her influence has shaped their lives.

The film, which will be broadcast on HBO and ITV later in the year, will also include individual contributions from many key figures in the Princess’ life and new archival material. Through the personal and intimate reflections of her two sons and of her friends and family, many of whom have never spoken publicly before, the film will offer fresh and revealing insights into Princess Diana.

TBS Celebrates Star Wars Day
TBS will present all six original Star Wars movies together tomorrow in celebration of “Star Wars Day.” The marathon begins at 6:40 a.m. ET with “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” Next is “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” at 9:25 a.m. ET, followed by “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” at 12:20 p.m. ET, “Star Wars: A New Hope” at 3:10 p.m. ET, “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” at 5:40 p.m. ET, and “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” at 8:15 p.m. ET. May the Fourth be with You!

Cable Upfront Recaps at PromaxBDA:
-BET Announces New Series from Kevin Hart, Chris Rock and Steve Harvey – Clickhere
-TV One Looks to “Represent” the African American Community – Click here
Freeform Prepares for Life Without “Pretty Little Liars” – Click here
More Scripted Programming on Tap at Nat Geo – Click here
-Pop Targets “Modern Grown Ups” with New Slate – Click here
-Discovery Turns Its Focus to Digital – Click here
-Lifestyle Matters, According to Scripps – Click here
-Nickelodeon Touts 700 Hours of Original New and Returning Programming – Click here

‘Tis the season for the Fall TV Preview!
To book a presentation, contact Marc Berman at Marc@programminginsider.com or 646/204-7937



Golf Channel Renews “Driver vs. Driver” for Season Two
Golf Channel has greenlit reality/competition “Driver vs. Driver” for season two, which features contestants competing with the goal to design and manufacture a new and innovative driver. The winner gets their design mass produced and sold in stores nationwide and they win $500,000. Golf Channel and Wilson Golf have issued a “Call for Entries,” inviting inventors, golf enthusiasts, product designers, engineers, product developers, and creative, big thinkers to share their ideas for the world’s next great golf driver concept. For more information, click here


Sonia Coleman, former Vice President of Corporate Human Resources, The Walt Disney Company, has been named Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Disney | ABC Television Group. Coleman replaces Steve Milovich, who, after 40 years in the industry and 15 years with The Walt Disney Company, announced his plans to retire from Disney in March. In this position, Coleman will be responsible for all employee development, compensation, organization development, employee relations, diversity, recruitment and employee operations for Disney | ABC’s portfolio of businesses.


Seeso travel parody series “Hidden America with Jonah Ray” returns for season two on Thursday, May 4. The Bourdain-esque fictional travel show features Jonah Ray (“Mystery Science Theater 3000,” “Nerdist”) traveling to major cities, including Miami, D.C., Honolulu, Nashville, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Reno, London and more. Eight episodes have been ordered.

“Batman and Bill,” Hulu’s first documentary, will be available for streaming on Saturday, May 6. It is described as a story about truth, justice and the true origin of one of your favorite and most iconic super heroes.

“The Filthy Rich Guide” opens season three with the first of 10 new episodes on CNBC on Wednesday, May 10 at 10 p.m. ET. Providing a billionaire’s blueprint to understanding the mega-wealthy and the spectacular ways they spend their time and money, “The Filthy Rich Guide” is produced by Cineflix.

Upcoming kids series “Dino Dana” will premiere on Amazon Prime on Friday, May 26 in the U.S. and U.K. A follow-up to the 2015 series “Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures,” “Dino Dana” is a preschool program that takes viewers on a whole new level of dinosaur encounters. Combining live-action with CGI animation, the series features 11 new prehistoric creatures and two sisters. After a chance encounter with Trek and his Dino Field Guide, Dana (Michela Luci), a “paleontologist in training,” begins to see dinosaurs all around her, leading to plenty of action and adventure. Every episode shares interesting dinosaur facts and applies them to kid-relatable experiences.

Health entertainment network Z Living will premiere” The Big Fat Truth” from 3 Ball Entertainment, created and hosted by award-winning, pioneering reality TV producer JD Roth, on June 13 at 8 PM ET with an episode featuring former contestants from NBC reality competition “The Biggest Loser” who regained their weight. Based on Roth’s book of the same name, JD Roth is going back to his roots in front of the camera, this time challenging and guiding groups of participants unhappy with their weight and health, and giving them the tools he’s amassed over two decades producing weight-loss and transformation television to help them uncover and tackle the real issues behind the weight as they face the big fat truth.

Two-hour PBS documentary “The Farthest – Voyager in Space” will air on Wednesday, August 23. Scheduled in conjunction with the 40th anniversary (on August 20) of the Voyager II launch, “The Farthest – Voyager in Space” will feature interviews with the men and women who worked on the Voyager project; and it tells the story behind The Golden Record – the gold phonograph that carried sounds, images and music (including Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode) meant to convey the entire human experience to any extraterrestrial life that might stumble across the Voyager.

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“Greenleaf” concludes its spring season on OWN. The five broadcast networks are in all originals. “Then and Now with Andy Cohen” on Bravo also ends for the season. For the schedule listings for Wednesday, May 3, click here
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Which one of the following TV characters was never seen wearing braces on her teeth?

a) Cindy Brady
b) Sue Heck
c) Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey
d) Lisa Simpson
e) Lynn Tanner
f) They all wore braces at some point

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following series aired for two seasons?

a) “Birds of Prey”
b) “Dog and Cat”
c) “Fish Police”
d) “Shark”
e) “Wolf”

Is: d) “Shark” on CBS, which featured James Woods and produced 38 episodes from 2006-08.
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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.