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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
NBC’s “Hour Glass,the first hour-long entertainment program of any kind, debuted in 1946…NBC’s “The Golden Girls” concluded in 1992 after seven seasons.  CBS attempted to keep the franchise alive with spin-off “The Golden Palace” the following season, but without Bea Arthur the center was missing…”CSI: Miami” was introduced via a backdoor pilot on parent series “CSI” in 2002…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor Albert Finney (“Erin Brockovich”) is 81; Billy Joel is 68; actress Rosario Dawson (“Sin City”) is 38; professional dancer Sasha Farber(“Dancing with the Stars”) is 33; reality star Audrina Patridge (“The Hills”) is 32.

-Did You Know?:
After “The Golden Girls” ended, NBC agreed to 13-episodes of spin-off  “The Golden Palace,featuring Rose (Betty White), Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Sophia (Estelle Getty) moving into and running a local hotel. But when CBS offered a full season commitment, “The Golden Place” became the anchor to a two-hourFriday night comedy block on the Eye net. Bea Arthur returned for only two episodes. After “The Golden Girls” was canceled, Estelle Getty joined the cast of the final two seasons of “Empty Next.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Monday 5/08/17

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.4/ 9, NBC: 5.0/ 8, CBS: 3.9/ 6, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +67, Fox: + 5, CBS: – 7, NBC: – 9, ABC: -22

Ratings Breakdown:
It was the typical overnight scenario on Monday, with “Dancing with the Stars” leading ABC to household victory and “The Voice” lifting NBC to guaranteed dominance in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics). “Dancing with the Stars” scored a 7.1 rating/12 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., which led the evening but was 12 percent below the 8.1/13 on the year-ago night. And competing “The Voice” was closer to year-ago overnight levels with a 5.9/10.

Despite the lead-in support, “Scorpion” on CBS remains the show to beat at 10 p.m.with a 4.9/ 9. Next was an installment of NBC game show “The Wall” at a 3.1/ 5, followed by ABC’s deteriorating “Quantico” at a 1.9/ 3. “Quantico,” unfortunately, was never the same after foolish ABC put it on a three month hiatus last season.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour) for Monday, May 8, clickhere

Live + Same Day Data
Monday 5/01/17: Click here
Tuesday 5/02/17: Click here
Wednesday 5/03/17: Click here
Thursday 5/04/17: Click here
Friday 5/05/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


ABC to Revive “American Idol”
ABC has confirmed it will be bringing back former Fox singing competition “American Idol” in the 2017-2018 season , which will be the centerpiece it is programming announcements in New York City next Tuesday. The network has closed an agreement with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. A host and judges will be announced at a later time.

“‘American Idol’ on ABC…that has a nice ring to it,” said Ben Sherwood, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC. “‘Idol’ is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘The Bachelor.’ America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever ‘Idol’.”

“‘American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” added Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment. “ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”

The revival of “American Idol” is expected to air on Sunday evenings on ABC beginning next March, but nothing is official at press time. Stay tuned for more details.

NBC Orders Sitcom “A.P. Bio”
NBC, which will unveil its programming plans for next season at a presentation at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Monday, has confirmed the pick-up of sitcom “A.P. Bio.” Penned by “Saturday Night Live” writer Mike O’Brien, “A.P. Bio” stars “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” co-lead Glenn Howerton as a philosophy scholar who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher but he makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, he decides instead to use the kids to his own benefit.

The cast includes Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Aparna Brielle, Jacob McCarthy and Nick Peine, and the pilot featured “SNL‘s” Vanessa Bayer as a guest star. O’Brien executive produces with Michaels, Meyers, Andrew Singer and Michael Shoemaker for Universal Television, Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions.”SNL‘s” Oz Rodriguez directed the pilot.

The news of “A.P. Bio” comes after NBC ordered new scripted dramas “Rise” and “For God and Country” for next season.

Bravo to Develop Six New Non-Scripted Series
Bravo Media is adding six new non-scripted series to its development slate, including three proposed projects — Center Staged,” “Million Dollar Home Hacks” and “Fippin’ Exes” — that build on its real estate brand with current entries like “Million Dollar Listing New York” and “Flipping Out.”

The other non-scripted series in development at Bravo are “The High School Project,” which follows the true stories of New York City’s most elite students who grew up fast and partied hard in the 1990s’;  “Welcome to America,” which is described as a groundbreaking social experiment with key members of a town voluntarily leaving for one month in exchange for a more diverse group ; and “Empty Nesters,” which follows a group of friends who are planning to send their children to idyllic summer sleep away camps.

For the complete descriptions of the six series in development, click here

HGTV Orders “Restored by the Fords”
HGTV has greenlit a new home renovation series called “Restored by the Fords,” which will follow siblings Leanne Ford, a designer, and Steve Ford, a contractor, as they transform outdated rural Pennsylvania homes into modern, off-beat gems. Eight half-hour episodes are scheduled to premiere in January 2018

The CW Cancels “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow
The CW, not surprisingly, has opted against a second season of scripted hours “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow.” Both aired for 13 episodes last fall, “Frequency” out of “The Flash” on Tuesday and “No Tomorrow” out of “Arrow” on Wednesday. Both series generated minimal interest, both socially and by the traditional Nielsen ratings. That leaves “Riverdale,” based on the iconic Archie comic book characters, as the only CW freshman drama to make it into a second season.

“Frequency,” a reboot of the 2000 movie of the same name, starred Peyton List as a cop who reconnected with her dead father through a magical radio. “No Tomorrow,” a romantic comedy in the same vein as “Jane the Virgin” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” starred Tori Anderson as a straight-laced girl who fell for an impulsive guy (Joshua Sasse) who happens to believe the apocalypse is coming soon.

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“Psych: The Movie” to Air on USA in December 2017
Fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best friend, Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill), will team up once again in USA’s two-hour “Psych: The Movie” in December 2017. ”Pysch”” creator Steve Franks co-wrote the movie with Roday and will also direct the special.

The logline: Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), Juliet (Maggie Lawson), Henry (Corbin Bernsen) and Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) will also return for the movie, which picks up three years after the series finale. The ambitious friends — along with some returning fan-favorite characters — come together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. A comedic thrill ride follows, as the wild and unpredictable “Psych” team pursues the bad guys, justice …and food!

The original “Pysch” series aired on USA from 2006 to 2014, producing 121 episodes in total.

AMC Releases Season Two “Preacher” Art Images
AMC released four “Preacher” key art images in anticipation of the show’s second season featuring its “Powerful” trio: Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). The supernatural series returns with a two-night event, beginning with the season premiere on Sunday, June 25 at 10 p.m. ET, followed by the second episode on Monday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET, in the series’ regular time slot.

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


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Freeform sitcom “Baby Daddy” will reach the 100-episode mark on Monday, May 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET, as the gang prepares for Baby Diley’s arrival as Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) struggles with Emma’s (Kayleigh Harris) questions about her mother on the spring finale.

The fifth – and final – season of BBC America drama “Orphan Black” will return onSaturday, June 10 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: From the moment Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) locked eyes with an unknown identical woman, who jumped to her death – her life has never been the same. She’s found out she’s a clone, that there are multiple clones out there, and multiple factions that sought to hunt, control, betray or kill them. Now, the final showdown with Rachel (Maslany), the one clone at the center of it all who’s sought to destroy her and her sestras from day one begins.  And as the walls close in on her, Sarah must decide her next move very carefully, for this time, it’s life or death for everyone she loves.

Docuseries “Counting On,” following the Duggar family and featuring a new baby for Jessa and Ben and an unexpected surprise from Jill and Derick, will open the first of seven new episodes on Monday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET. “Counting On” is produced by Figure 8 Films for TLC.

“Snowfall,” the new FX drama series about the start of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles, will premiere on Wednesday, July 5 at 10 p.m. ET on FX. Created by John Singleton & Eric Amadio and Dave Andron, “Snowfall” is executive produced by Singleton, Amadio, Andron, Thomas Schlamme, Michael London and Trevor Engelson. Andron serves as showrunner. The logline: Los Angeles 1983. A storm is coming and its name is crack. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

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“CSI” – Season One


Which one of the following dramas did “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” lead out of when it was introduced on CBS in the fall of 2000?

a) “Diagnosis: Murder”
b) “The Fugitive”
c) “JAG”
d) “Nash Bridges”
e) “Walker, Texas Ranger”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following five sitcoms did not remain in production in first-run syndication after it was canceled by its broadcast network?

a) “Charles in Charge”
b) “It’s a Living”
c) “Mama’s Family”
d) “Too Close for Comfort”
e) “Webster”
f) They all did

Is: f) all of them as follows:

-“Charles in Charge”: (CBS): 1984-85; syndication: 1987-90
-“It’s a Living” (ABC): 1980-82; syndication: 1985-89
-“Mama’s Family” (NBC): 1983-85; syndication: 1986-90
-“Too Close for Comfort” (ABC): 1980-83; syndication: 1984-86 (title change to “The Ted Knight Show” in 1986)
-“Webster” (ABC): 1983-87; syndication: 1987-88

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Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Steve Ellis, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Michael Murphy, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Ronnie Tallant,