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The Monty Python Comedy Troup formed in 1969…Two long-running dramas concluded: “Quincy M.E.” on NBC in 1983, which began as the “NBC Mystery Movie” rotation on Oct. 3, 1976; and “Dynasty” on ABC in 1989. A two-part miniseries in October 1991 called “Dynasty: The Reunion” resolved a number of the cliffhangers left unanswered, and a reboot of “Dynasty” is in contention for The CW’s line-up next season…CBS aired part one of  miniseries “Mario Puzo’s The Last Don, starring Danny Aiello, in 1997. A sequel, The Last Don II, was presented the following year…Celebrity Birthdays: Two “Burn Notice” stars share birthdays: Jeffrey Donovan is 49 and Coby Bell is 42; “Scorpion” star Jadyn Wong is 33.

-Did You Know?:
Linda Evans, of course, is remembered for portraying Krystle Jennings Carrington on “Dynasty. But former “Police Woman” star Angie Dickinson was offered the role first. Also originally planned for the parts of Krystle’s first husband, Mark Jennings, and Joseph’s (Lee Bergere) daughter Kirby Anders were Wayne Rogers(“MASH”) and Melissa Sue Anderson (“Little House on the Prairie”).

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Wednesday 5/10/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 4.5/ 8, ABC and Fox: 3.4/ 6, NBC: 3.3/ 6, CW: 0.9/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: + 5, NBC: -11, ABC: -15, Fox: -32, CW: -36

Ratings Breakdown:
Unstoppable “Survivor” topped this second Wednesday in May, leading CBS to overnight victory with a 1.1 household rating point advantage over second place ABC and Fox. “Survivor” scored a 5.3 rating/ 9 share in households at 8 p.m., which was on par with the year-ago evening and led into an above-average 5.1/ 8 for the season-finale of “Criminal Minds” at 9 p.m. Spin-off “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which is not expected back for a third season, closed the evening with a 3.1/ 6 at 10 p.m.

My prediction for next season is for CBS to shift veteran “Criminal Minds” to Wednesday at 10 p.m. out of a new drama. “Survivor,” of course, should remain intact at 8 p.m. The network unveils its scheduling plans next Wednesday at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

On Fox, “Empire” scored a second-place 4.6/ 7 at 9 p.m., which built by 100 percent from lead-in “Shots Fired” (#4: 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m.) and will result in another Wednesday victory in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics). But “Empire” did slip by a significant 32 percent from the 6.8/11 in the household overnights on the year-ago evening.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour) for Wednesday, May 10, click here

Live + Same Day Data
Monday 5/08/17: Click here
Tuesday 5/09/17: Click here

Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of May 1
What follows is the Live + Same Day data for the week of May 1 (with year from the comparable year-ago week in parentheses):

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 7.11 million (-10), NBC: 5.16 (- 5), ABC: 4.99 (- 7), Fox: 2.44 (-10), CW: 1.24 (-16)

-Adults 18-49:
ABC: 1.1 rating/5 share (-15), NBC: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), CBS: 1.0/ 4 (-17), Fox: 0.8/ 3 (-11), CW: 0.4/ 2 (-20)

-Adults 25-54:
ABC: 1.5/ 5 (- 6), CBS: 1.5/ 5 (-17), NBC: 1.4/ 5 (-12), Fox: 0.9/ 3 (-18), CW: 0.5/ 2 (-17)

-Adults 18-34:
ABC: 0.7/ 4 (-22), NBC: 0.6/ 3 (-14), CBS: 0.5/ 3 (-29), Fox: 0.5/ 3 (-37), CW: 0.3/ 2 (-25)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Fox Picks-Up Drama “The Resident”
Following news of “The Gifted” comes word of the second new scripted drama pick-up by Fox for 2017-18, “The Resident.” From 3 Arts Entertainment & Fuqua Films in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television, “The Resident” focuses on a tough, brilliant senior resident (Matt Czuchry) who guides an idealistic young doctor (“Catch Fire’s” Manish Dayal) through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine. The cast also includes Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp and Shaunette Wilson.

The CW Greenlights Dramas “Black Lightning” and “Life Sentence”
The CW has ordered two dramas to-date for 2017-18: “Black Lightning” and “Life Sentence. The first African-American DC Super Hero to have his own stand-alone comic title, “Black Lightning” is based on the character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in 1977. The logline: Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with one daughter hell-bent on justice and the other a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend – Black Lightning. The cast includes China Anne McClain, Christine Adams and Nafessa Williams.

“Life Sentence” is a dramedy about a young woman (Brooke Lyons) diagnosed with what she thinks is terminal cancer. But when she finds out that she’s not dying after all, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to live like she was dying. The cast includes Carlos PenaBega, Dylan Walsh, Gillian Vigman and former “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale.

FXX Orders Animated Comedy the Untitled “Marvel’s Deadpool” Series
FXX has placed a 10 episode series order with Marvel Television and FX Productions for the untitled “Marvel’s Deadpool” series, an animated adult action-comedy TV series adaptation of the Marvel character Deadpool. “Atlanta” creator Donald Glover and Stephen Glover will serve as Showrunners, Executive Producers and Writers of the series. Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are Executive Producers. The untitled Marvel’s Deadpool series is produced by Marvel Television in association with FX Productions and ABC Signature Studios for FXX.

Since his debut in 1991, Deadpool has grown to become one of Marvel’s most popular characters thanks to his unique blend of humor and over-the-top action. With a strong following of fans from across the globe, he currently stars in a variety of best-selling titles from Marvel Comics.

Venus Williams to Appear In and Produce “Deals in Heels”
Production company 3 Ball Entertainment (“Bar Rescue) and tennis legend and Olympic Gold Medalist Venus Williams are joining forces for upcoming female entrepreneur based “Deals in Heels” (working title). Williams will appear in and executive produce the series, alongside 3 Ball Executive Producers Todd A. Nelson, Ross Weintraub and DJ Nurre. Also attached to the series as co-executive producers are Staness Jonekos and Deborah Perry Piscone, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, author and public speaker.

The logline: In each episode, five up-and-coming entrepreneurs “pitch” the panel, and the two female entrepreneurs, whose businesses show the most promise, will be invited up to the “executive suite” for a deeper dive into their companies. If their business plans measure up, the panel will dedicate one month toward mentoring the entrepreneurs on all aspects of their businesses in preparation for critical upcoming sales benchmarks – which could make or break the companies. At the end of the month, the two entrepreneurs return to the executive suite to re-pitch, but after review and negotiations only one startup will receive an investment from the panel.

ABC Renews “Modern Family” for Two Additional Seasons; Cancels “Last Man Standing”
ABC has issued a two season renewal to multi-award winning sitcom “Modern Family,” which will take it through 10 seasons and 232 episodes. The two season pick-up is for 44 new episodes. In contrast, the alphabet net has canceled Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing” after six seasons. A total of 130 episodes aired, with the now series finale on March 31. And the network announced that the upcoming seventh season of “Scandal” will be the final one.

NBC Greenlights Dick Wolf “Chicago” Trilogy
NBC has picked-up additional seasons of “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med.” But there is no word, at present, on the most recent addition, “Chicago Justice.” NBC has still also not confirmed the status of “Law & Order: SVU,” which if renewed will be heading into season 19, and the network has canceled fall entry “Timeless” after one half season.

In Other Renewal News
Fox has picked up comedy “The Last Man on Earth” for season four, while The CW has greenlit new seasons of marginally rated “iZombie” and “The Vampire Diaries” spin-off “The Originals.” That will take them into their fourth and fifth seasons, respectively.

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TV Tuesday Podcast
No…it is not Tuesday. But for a preview by Douglas Pucci of what new network primetime series are in contention for next season, click here

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


Joe Marchese has been named President of Advertising Revenue for Fox Networks Group (FNG). In his new role, Marchese will oversee linear and nonlinear sales, advertising research and advanced ad products for FNG’s portfolio of industry-leading network brands. Marchese was appointed President of Advanced Advertising Products at Fox Networks Group in 2015. Prior to that, he was the CEO of true[X], an engagement advertising company which he founded in 2007, and which was acquired by Fox Networks Group in 2015.

Jennifer Dorian is being promoted to Executive Vice President of Turner Portfolio 360 Brand Strategy, a newly created position she will assume in addition to her current role as general manager of Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck. In this newly created leadership position, Dorian will lead a company-wide initiative to identify new opportunities for revenue growth from 360-degree brand extensions across Turner networks, franchises, talent and characters. Working directly with brand managers, she will oversee a collaborative strategic planning process to formulate the strategy, vision and approach to launching new businesses in a coordinated effort across the portfolio, while providing support to the individual business units as they pursue innovative and profitable brand extensions.


The new season of “I Am Homicide” will open on Investigation Discovery (ID) on Tuesday, June 6 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Retired Charlotte Mecklenburg County detective Garry McFadden is an officer unlike any other. As one of America’s most dedicated detectives, he immerses himself on every street corner to protect and serve the community he has devoted his life to defending. Over his career, McFadden has solved nearly 700 homicide cases, resulting in a 90-percent success rate with the investigations he pursues. But he uses his street smarts, and most importantly his relationships within the community, to forge a deep connection that goes beyond the search for the perpetrator.

TNT will premiere the “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton” on Thursday, June 15 at 10 p.m. ET. An encore presentation will air on sister network TCM on Monday, July 31 during a night featuring theatricals “Reds” and “Manhattan Murder Mystery.” The AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees in 1973. It is presented to a single honoree each year.

What are you watching this evening? Click here
Six network series conclude for the season: ABC’s “The Catch;CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom” and “Life in Pieces;NBC’s “Chicago Med; and“Riverdale” on The CW.  TNT introduces documentary series “American Race.For the schedule listings for Thursday, May 11, click  here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Time to Wash Up

Which one of the following five TV series produced the most number of episodes?

a) “Dirty Dancing”
b) “The Dirty Dozen”
c) “Dirty Sally”
d) “Dirty Sexy Money”
e) “Filthy Rich”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

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

Is: e) Gilda Radner, who will be always remembered as one of the original “Not Ready for Primetime” players on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” She passed away on May 20, 1989 at the age of just 42.


Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins (2x), Jim Forkan, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Mary Kinoshita, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell, Michael Ratliffe, Joe Rubi