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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” concluded in 1983 after seven-and-one-half seasons. Since Cindy Williams exited just two episodes into the final season, the title should have been changed to “Laverne & No Shirley”…Made-for television movie “Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle,starring Raymond Burr, aired on NBC in 1994…Celebrity Birthdays: rock singer Bono is 57; “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson is 39; reality star Da’Vonne Rogers (“Big Brother”) is 29; former “Glee” star Lauren Potter is 27.

-Did You Know?:
After ABC sitcom “The Odd Couple,also from Garry Marshall, ceased production in 1975, the apartment set on that show was modified to become Laverne and Shirley’s residence.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 5/09/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.1/12, NBC: 4.0/ 7, ABC: 2.2/ 4, Fox: 1.5/ 2, CW: 1.4/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +10, Fox: + 7, CBS: – 5, CW: -18, NBC: -29

Ratings Breakdown:
It was a typical Tuesday overnight sweep for CBS in households with its combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.4 rating/14 share), “Bull” (7.1/12) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (5.8/10). With other nights to address next season, my prediction is CBS will leave Tuesday intact next season.

“The Voice,” of course, was the standout on NBC with a 6.0/10 (#2) in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m., which guarantees it time period victory in adults 18-49 (and all the key young demo groups). But two episodes of recently introduced sitcom “Great News” stumbled to a 2.3/ 4 in the 9 p.m. half-hour (#2t) and a 1.8/ 3 at 9:30 p.m. (#2t). Comparably, overnight retention for the 9 p.m.installment of “Great News” was only 38 percent out of “The Voice.” Not so great! But “Chicago Fire” perked up to a 4.0/ 7 at 10 p.m. (#2), which should be enough to win the hour in the key demos.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour) for Tuesday, May 9, clickhere

Live + Same Day Data
Saturday 5/06/17: Click here
Sunday 5/07/17: Click here
Monday 5/08/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Programming 101: The Best and the Worst Decisions of 2016-17
From Campaign US: As the clock to network upfront presentation week rapidly ticks down, so too does the traditional September-to-May broadcast season. Before the yearly dog-and-pony shows commence, let’s take a moment to review the season we leave behind, full of highs, lows and more original programming than any of us has ever seen.

This season was marked by bad behavior (and, thankfully, consequences), fatally long hiatuses, a rejuvenated sketch comedy and yet another spinoff for TV’s most irritating family.

Let’s begin with what could be the most annoying pair of hosts in the history of morning television. For a look, click here


Fox Orders Drama “The Gifted”
Fox has announced its third new scripted drama pick-up for next season, “The Gifted” from Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television. “The Gifted” focuses on a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. The cast includes Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White.

NBC Orders Season Two of “Taken”
NBC has greenlit a second season of midseason drama entry “Taken,” which an order for 16 new episodes. Debuting on Feb. 27 and based on the film trilogy, “Taken” follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, “Vikings”) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we’ve come to love from the “Taken” films.

The cast includes Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo.

Fox Cancels “Sleepy Hollow” and “Rosewood”
Fox, which unveils its 2017-18 programming plans next Monday, has canceled dramas “Sleepy Hollow” and “Rosewood.” Debuting on Sept. 16, 2013, “Sleepy Hollow” was loosely based on the 1820 Halloween short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. Sixty-two episodes in total were produced. And “Rosewood,” which opened on Sept. 23, 2015, starred Morris Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., a private pathologist working in Miami, Florida in high demand with law enforcement. The now series finale aired on April 28, with 44 episodes in total produced.

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38th Annual Sports Emmy Award Winners Announced
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the winners for the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards at a ceremony in New York City yesterday. FS1 led all cable and broadcast networks with nine Sports Emmys while sister broadcast network Fox finished runner-up with seven awards. HBO and NBC tied for third with five awards, while CBS, ESPN and MLB Network garnered four awards each. For the complete listing of winners, click here

Radio One Changes Name to Urban One
Marking the 18th anniversary of its IPO on May 5th, African-American owned integrated multimedia company Radio One is changing its name to Urban One, Inc.., which will continue to provide “culturally relevant integrated content” through its various brands and platforms – TV One, Radio One, Reach Media, iONE Digital and One Solution and newest editions – R1 Digital and One VIP. Urban One reaches 82 percent of African-Americans with relevant urban content that reflects, acknowledges and pays homage to the Black culture.

Programming 101: The Best and the Worst Decisions of 2016-17: 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


FX drama “The Strain” will return for its fourth – and final – season on Sunday, July 16 at 10 p.m. ET.  The logline: As the fourth and final season begins, nine months have passed. The world has fallen into darkness, and the strigoi are in control. The explosion at the end of season three triggered a global nuclear apocalypse. The resulting nuclear winter liberated the strigoi, allowing them to move about during daytime, and allowing the Master to establish a totalitarian regime. Preying on the fears of the populace, the Master and his minions have created an unsettling alliance in “The Partnership.” The majority of humans are now working for the strigoi, operating with a single understanding — collaborate or die. With the world in disarray and our heroes disbanded, each of them will have to overcome personal hardship and defy death for even the smallest chance at fighting back.

“The 60th Annual Grammy Awards” will be broadcast live on CBS on both coasts from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at a new time, 7:30-11 p.m. ET. Madison Square Garden last played host to the “Grammy Awards” in 2003, which have been in Los Angeles at the Staples Center for the past 14 years.

Good idea or bad idea? What do you think about ABC potentially reviving“Roseanne”? Click here
“black-ish” on ABC and “Criminal Minds” on CBS conclude for the season. “The Filthy Rich Guide” returns on CNBC. Five series on cable end their seasons: “Total Divas” on E!, “The Comedy Jam” on Comedy Central, “Little Women” on Lifetime, “Underground” on WGN and A&E’s “Billy the Exterminator. For the schedule listings for Wednesday, May 10, click  here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Shirley, is that You?

Cindy Williams, of course, is remembered for her portrayal of Shirley Feeney on 1976-83 ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” But which one of the following five choices was also being considered for the role at the time?

a) Jane Curtin
b) Madeline Kahn
c) Vicki Lawrence
d) Bernadette Peters
e) Gilda Radner

The answer to yesterday’s question…

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”

Is: b) “The Fugitive,” which was the short-lived revival with Tim Daly in the role of Dr. Richard Kimble. When “The Fugitive” exited in January 2001, “CSI” moved into the Thursday 9 p.m. hour. By the 2002-03 season it was the top-rated show in all of television (and remained as such for three consecutive seasons).


Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Andy Ehlen, John Ferlazzo, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Richard Naldrett, Aaron Paquette, Alan Perris, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, David Shearer