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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Four series concluded: Syndicated first-run “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok” in 1958; “In the Heat of the Night” in 1995, which began on NBC and ended on CBS; syndicated first-run “Baywatch Nights” in 1997, which was spun-off from “Baywatch, and CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond” in 2005. “Raymond” ended after nine seasons with the family eating at the kitchen table together…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor Danny Trejo (“From Dusk Till Dawn”) is 73; “The Son” star Pierce Brosnan is 64; Janet Jackson is 51; “Bones” star David Boreanaz is 48; “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Tori Spellingis 44.

-Did You Know?:
Peter Boyle as patriarch Frank Barone is the only original adult cast member not to win an Emmy Award for “Everybody Loves Raymond. But he did take home the statuette in 1996 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for “The X-Files.”

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Monday 5/15/17

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.4/ 9, NBC: 5.0/ 8, CBS: 4.1/ 7, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 1.1/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +57, Fox: no change, CBS: – 5, NBC: – 6, ABC: -25

Ratings Breakdown:
There were three season-finales last night: CBS sitcom “Man with a Plan,” and dramas “Scorpion” on CBS and “Quantico” on ABC. “Quantico,” which managed to snag a 13-episode third season renewal despite this anemic-rated sophomore season, concluded with a mere 2.1 rating/4 share in the household overnights at 10 p.m. First in the 10 p.m. hour was the “Scorpion” season-ender with a 5.2/ 9, which built from a 9:30 p.m. encore telecast of “Kevin Can Wait” (#3: 3.0/ 5) by 73 percent. Competing NBC game show “The Wall” scored a second-place 3.2/ 5.

“Man with a Plan,” meanwhile, finished season one with a third-place 3.8/ 6 in the household overnights at 8:30 p.m., which was on par with an encore telecast of “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. (#3: 3.9/ 7). A second telecast of “The Big Bang Theory” averaged a 3.6/ 6 in the 9 p.m. half-hour. For the remainder of the analysis and the half-hour breakdown for Monday, May 15, click here

Live + Same Day Data
Monday 5/08/17: Click here
Tuesday 5/09/17: Click here
Wednesday 5/10/17: Click here
Thursday 5/11/17: Click here
Friday 5/12/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Fox in 2017-18: Six New Series; Three Newbies This Fall
From PromaxBDA: Similar to last fall’s surprisingly conservative primetime line-up, Fox will introduce just three new series this fall (and six overall in 2017-18). The starters are Marvel action/adventure “The Gifted” (Monday at 9 p.m.out of relocated “Lucifer”), dramedy “The Orville” (Thursday at 9 p.m. out of relocated “Gotham”), and sitcom “Ghosted,” which will be sandwiched between “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” on Sunday. The midseason entries are dramas “9-1-1” and “The Resident,” and comedy “LA to Vegas.”

Hoping to build some tentpoles, Fox will utilize dramas “Empire” and sophomore “Lethal Weapon” to support returning drama “Star” and sitcoms “The Mick” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” respectively. “Lethal Weapon” will move into the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour, leading into the two comedies. And Lee Daniels’ two dramas — “Empire” and “Star,” air back-to-back on Wednesday nights for what Fox hopes is a seamless night of musical-themed dramatic storytelling.

Fox, additionally, has ordered a seventh – and final – season of comedy “New Girl” which will finish its run in midseason. “The X-Files will also return, with 10 new episodes in an unconfirmed time period. And the network has not ruled out additional seasons of revivals “24: Legacy” or “Prison Break,” and well as “Bones” (which recently finished a 12-season run). Fox had also considered reviving “American Idol,” which will be relaunched on ABC this midseason. For an analysis of the line-up, click here

Bravo Orders Scripted Drama “All That Glitters”
Bravo has greenlit a scripted six-hour series called “All That Glitters” based on the friendship and rivalry of magazine editors Anna Wintour and Tina Brown. The project is on the book “Newhouse” by Thomas Maier and it hails from “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and “Masters of Sex’s” Judith Verno. Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal are writing and exec producing. Universal Cable Productions and Sony Pictures Television are producing.

The logline: “All That Glitters” presents the “true story” of the behind the scenes rivalry, relationship and “remarkable ascent” of pop-culture icons of “Vogue’s” Anna Wintour and Tina Brown of “Vanity Fair” and “The New Yorker.” As both bold and driven women fight their way to the top of a male-dominated industry driven by greed and betrayal, they each find new paths to change the world around them — Tina, through the intersection of high-culture and celebrity, and Anna with an instinct for high fashion and emerging talent.

Interesting footnote: The title “All That Glitters” was originally used for a short-lived syndicated sitcom from Norman Lear in 1977, which depicted the trials and tribulations of a group of executives. It starred Eileen Brennan, Greg Evigan, Lois Nettleton, Gary Sandy, Tim Thomerson, Jessica Walter and Linda Gray.

Netflix Announces “Tidelands”
Netflix has announced its first Australian original series “Tidelands,” which is a supernatural crime drama that follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.”

The series is produced for Netflix by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment. Production will start in Queensland in 2018.


Renewal Scorecard
The latest news on this network upfront week is ABC issuing a 13-episode third season order to drama “Quantico” (despite the anemic rating results in two time periods this season), and CBS officially canceling the revival of “The Odd Couple.ABC will be unveiling its fall 2017 primetime line-up later this morning, while CBS is tomorrow (followed by The CW on Thursday morning). Stay tuned.

For an analysis of NBC’s fall 2017 schedule, click here
For an analysis of Fox’s fall 2017 schedule, click here

NBC Revives “Must See TV,” and Some Other Relics, for Fall 2017:
From Campaign US: The peacock net is introducing 12 new series in the 2017-18 TV season: five dramas, three comedies and four non-scripted series (see the fall schedule and new program descriptions below). Three of those 12 new series (dramas “The Brave” and “Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers;” and the revival of “Will & Grace”) will debut this fall.The big news? NBC is bringing back “Must See TV.” For more, click here

The CW Offers Online Conclusions for “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow
There are no additional episodes, unfortunately. But The CW is offering an official ending to canceled dramas “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow,” which both aired last fall, online via an approximate four-minute epilogue for “Frequency” and extended footage for “No Tomorrow.” The extended “No Tomorrow” finale, whose final two minutes include text with explanations of what happens to certain characters, is available on the CW site.

“Rent” to Air as Fox’s Next Live Musical
Fox has announced a live musical production of the Tony Award, Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Rent.” Television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”), along with the estate of writer/composer Jonathan Larson, will executive-produce the event.  “Rent” is a re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” and is set in New York City’s gritty East Village. It tells the story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil, and it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

“Rent” joins the upcoming live production of “A Christmas Story” next season on Fox. No official airdate has been announced.

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

Cable Upfront Recaps at PromaxBDA:
-BET Announces New Series from Kevin Hart, Chris Rock and Steve Harvey – Click here
-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


Season two of drama “Cleverman” will premiere on SundanceTV on Wednesday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET. The six-episode second season picks up with the destruction of the Zone and the Hairypeople hiding out of fear for their lives. Koen (Hunter Page-Lochard), the chosen Cleverman, sets out to harness his powers in the hope of bringing all cultures together. His half-brother Waruu (Rob Collins) shares the same vision, but his method is far more dubious. For Koen to realize his mission, he must defeat Waruu and the full force of the Government, both which are united against him. With twisting plotlines and new characters including Jarli the Bindawu warrior (Clarence Ryan), the second season of “Cleverman” is action packed, bloody, and thought-provoking.

2017 NBA Playoffs Conference Finals TV Schedule on TNT and ESPN
The NBA has reached its final four for 2016-17. It seems the two teams in the NBA Finals for the past two years — the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers — are on a collision course to meet again in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. But Golden State must get past the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference.

In the East, LeBron James reaches his ninth career Eastern Conference Finals series in his 14 years in the NBA. It’s also his seventh straight (2011-17). His team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, entered the playoffs as the East’s No. 2 seed and will face the top-seeded Boston Celtics.

TNT and ESPN will broadcast all the action in the United States. For the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), respective networks and announcers for the Conference Final round of playoff action, click here

Which one of the upcoming new Fox primetime series are you most looking forward to? Click here
Concluding for the season: ABC’s “The Middle, “American Housewife,“Fresh Off the Boat” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD;CBS’ “NCIS” and“NCIS: New Orleans;and “Chicago Fire” on NBC. ABC sitcom “Imaginary Mary” ends its series run.  For the schedule listings for Tuesday, May 16, clickhere
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Hitting 300

Which one of the following network primetime series will be reaching the 300-episode mark next season?

a) “The Big Bang Theory”
b) “Blue Bloods”
c) “Family Guy”
d) “Modern Family”
e) “NCIS”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

When NBC’s “Will & Grace” debuted on Sept. 21, 1998, what sitcom did it initially immediately follow?

a) “Caroline in the City”
b) “Frasier”
c) “Friends”
d) “Mad About You”
e) “Suddenly Susan”

Is: a) “Caroline in the City. “Will & Grace” at the time was airing in the Monday9:30 p.m. half-hour out of “Caroline in the City.” Hoping to generate more interest, NBC moved it to Tuesday 9:30 p.m. out of “Just Shoot Me” in December 1998. In April 1999, “Will & Grace” relocated to Thursday at 8:30 p.m. out of “Friends.”


Trivia All-Stars
Matt Bradley, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Richard Naldrett, Aaron Paquette, Aaron Perris, Gordon Purcell