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Friday, May 5, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
In 1992, made-for TV movie “Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo”featured the legal eagle (Raymond Burr) investigating the murder of a sleazy talk show host (Geraldo Rivera)…Fox sitcom “Married with Children” concluded its 10 and one-half season run in 1997. The network at the time did not cancel the series until after the episode aired, so there was no official conclusion…Celebrity Birthdays: MSNBC’s Brian Williams is 58; recent multiple Grammy Award winnerAdele is 29; Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”) is also 29; singer Chris Brownis 28.

-Did You Know?:
Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal are remembered for their roles as Al and Peg Bundy Bundy on “Married with Children.” But the parts were originally offered to Sam Kinison and Roseanne Barr…Contrary to the rumors, the Bundys were not named after serial killer Ted Bundy.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 5/04/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.9/ 8, ABC: 3.8/ 7, NBC: 3.1/ 5, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +11, CBS: no change, CW: -10, Fox: -15, ABC: -17

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS scored a typical Thursday overnight victory, besting No. 2 ABC by 29 percent in households. “The Big Bang Theory” topped the night, of course, with an 8.4 rating/15 share in the 8 p.m. half-hour.  Next was an encore of “Big Bang” at a 5.6/10 at 8:30 p.m. (#2), followed by “Mom” (#1: 5.4/ 9), “Life in Pieces” (#2: 4.0/ 7) and “The Amazing Race” (#2: 2.8/ 5) from 9-11 p.m.

In season-finale news, NBC sitcom “Superstore,” which might benefit next season if the network decided to utilize returning “Will & Grace” as its lead-in, scored a modest (and fourth-place) 2.0/ 3 at 8:30 p.m. “Chicago Med” perked up to a 4.2/ 7 in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m., building by a considerable 110 percent. And a 3.3/ 6 for deteriorating “The Blacklist” at 10 p.m. was enough to win the hour opposite “The Amazing Race” on CBS (2.8/ 5) and “The Catch” on ABC (2.3/ 4), which are both waiting to see if they will be picked-up for next season.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour) for Thursday, May 4, clickhere

Live + Same Day Data
Monday 5/01/17: Click here
Tuesday 5/02/17: Click here
Wednesday 5/03/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Snapchat to Roll Out Original TV Shows
Snapchat has announced it is partnering with an array of initial broadcasters to create special shows for its millennial targeted audience. The initial deals include A+E Networks, NBCUniversal, ABC, Turner, ESPN, the NF and Vice Media, and the company is reportedly also in conversations with CBS and 21st Century Fox. The outlets are expected to show original content three-to-five minute self-described “minisodes” similar to “Planet Earth” in Snapchat’s Stories section.

Announced shortly after Twitter announced it would have 24/7 live video content more news, sports and fashion in nature, Snapchap’s focus is on scripted content with original programming.

The actual content of the shows may look more like YouTube sketches than traditional TV. The “episodes” are expected to be short and vertically oriented to fit Snapchat’s interface and the type of content that its users expect. Some of the concepts will be spun-off off of existing TV brands such as “House Hunters” or “Chopped,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

For The PI’s take on this news, click here

HBO Eyes Four Spin-Off Series from “Game of Thrones”
There are two seasons left of HBO’s highly touted “Game of Thrones.” But the premium cable network is preparing for life without the medieval fantasy drama with four potential spin-off series. These proposed new series will explore different time periods of George R.R. Martin’s vast and rich universe, which means they could be prequels, sequels or companion series.

“Game of Throne” creators and executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff are attached as executive producers on all four proposed projects alongside George R.R. Martin.

PBS Orders New “Little Women” Series
Classic Louisa May Alcott novel “Little Women,” which has been the subject of four feature films (most notably the 1994 version with Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes and Winona Ryder), a TV movie and a regularly scheduled series (on NBC in 1979) is coming to PBS. PBS’ Masterpiece and BBC are teaming on a three-part adaptation of the beloved book from Playground, the producer of PBS’ “Wolf Hall,” writer Heidi Thomas “Call the Midwife”) and director Vanessa Caswill (BBC America’s “Thirteen”).

Originally published in 1868, “Little Women” is set against the backdrop as the Civil War as four sisters — Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March — transition from childhood to adulthood. With their father at war, the foursome learn to navigate love and loss with help from their mother.

Little Women is one of the most loved novels in the English language, and with good reason. Its humanity, humor and tenderness never date, and as a study of love, grief and growing up it has no equal,” Said Heidi Thomas in a statement. “There could be no better time to revisit the story of a family striving for happiness in an uncertain world, and I am thrilled to be bringing the March girls to a new generation of viewers.”

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NBC Cancels “Emerald City”
NBC, not surprisingly, has opted against a second season of fantasy drama “Emerald City.” Debuting on Jan. 6, “Emerald City” was a darker take on the classic “Wizard of Oz,” following 20-year-old Dorothy Gale, played by Adria Arjona, and her K9 police dog from Kansas who, after a tornado, are transported to  a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, wicked witches, dark magic, and a bloody battle for supremacy. Vincent D’Onofrio starred as the wizard, and other cast members included Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Gerran Howell, Jordan Loughran, and Mido Hamada. The now final episode of “Emerald City” aired onMarch 3.

Just last week, NBC officially swung the axe on freshman sitcom “Powerless.”


“The Chris Gethard Show” Goes Live and Moves to truTV
“The Chris Gethard Show,” which started as a live comedy show in New York City before moving to public access television and then Fusion, is heading to tryTV. The cable net has picked-up 16 hour-ling episodes that will be telecast live for the first time. A premiere date has yet to be announces. The show features Gethard presiding over a panel of comedian friends and oddballs, along with a live studio audience and callers from around the world, who participate in games, tackle bizarre stunts and react to the controlled chaos around them.

Will Ferrell serves as an exec producer on the series, along with Gethard, Zach Galifianakis, Adam McKay, Owen Burke, J.D. Amato, Anna Wenger and AGI Entertainment Media & Management’s Brian Stern.

PromaxBDA Announces Top Finalists for the PromaxBDA North America Awards 2017
PromaxBDA, the global association for promotion, marketing and design professionals, has announced A&E Networks, CNN, ESPN, FX Networks, Fox Sports Network, Nickelodeon, truTV and Viceland among the brands with the top number of finalists for the PromaxBDA North America Awards 2017. In the Global Excellence competition are Bell Media, NBCUniversal International, Comedy Central, CNN and HBO Europe are among the top finalists for 2017.

The North America competition celebrates the year’s best achievements in entertainment marketing across every screen, including on-air, online and on-the-go. The Global Excellence Awards honor the best work in all categories from across the globe.  Awards will be handed out in a Ceremony on June 8 in Los Angeles at the conclusion of the PromaxBDA Conference 2017, the annual summit where media companies and agencies gather for industry-leading insights, strategy, creativity and professional development.

For a full list of categories and finalists, please click on the following: North America Awards; Global Excellence Awards

Let’s Play Chess with the Network Lineups: Click here

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

What will you be watching this evening Click here
“Blue Bloods” concludes for the season…Netflix offers streaming to new seasons of“Kazoops, “The Last Kingdom, “Handsome” and “Sense8””Tattoo” on Viceland and “Dr. Miami” on WE also end their seasons…For the schedule listings for Friday, May 5, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Alice, is That You?

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Ann B. Davis is remembered, of course, for playing wisecracking housekeeper Alice Nelson on “The Brady Bunch.” But which one of the following actresses was the original choice for the role?

a) Shirley Booth
b) Imogene Coca
c) Kathleen Freeman
d) Martha Raye
e) Elena Verdugo

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following five series did not feature a former cast member from HBO mob drama “The Sopranos”?

a) “Guys With Kids”
b) “House of Cards”
c) “Lilyhammer”
d) “Nurse Jackie”
e) “Rizzoli & Isles”
f) They all did

Is: f) they all did as follows…

-“Guys with Kids” (NBC): Jamie-Lynn Sigler – 2012-13
-“House of Cards” (Netflix): Michael Kelly – 2013-present
-“Lillyhammer” (Netflix): Steven Van Zandt – 2012-14
-“Nurse Jackie” (Showtime): Edie Falco -2009-15
-“Rizzolu & Isle” (TNT): Lorraine Bracco – 2010-16

Trivia All-Stars
Latasha Allen, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman – that’s it!

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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.