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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
The final episode of short-lived comedy/interview series “Tell It to Groucho,aired on CBS in 1962 with comedian Groucho Marx. It was the successor Groucho’s more successful “You Bet Your Life”…Classic NBC comedy“Seinfeld, starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuted as a regularly scheduled series in 1990…NBC’s “Night Court” concluded its nine season run in 1992…“Survivor” debuted on CBS in 2000…Celebrity birthdays: Oscar winnerClint Eastwood is 87; football legend Joe Namath is 74; “Caroline in the City” star Lea Thompson is 52; actress Brooke Shields (“Suddenly Susan”) is 52; “The Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan is 50; Colin Farrell (“Phone Booth”) is 41; Eric Christian Olsen (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) is also 41.

-Did You Know?:
“Seinfeld” is only one of three series historically to rank first overall in all of primetime in its final season. The other two are “I Love Lucy” and “The Andy Griffith Show.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Note: The metered market (overnight) ratings for Tuesday, May 30 were not available at press time.

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CBS and NBC Lead Traditional Season Ratings
As we segue into the summer months, what follows are the traditional season (Sept. 19, 2016 – May 21, 2017) ratings for the five broadcast networks. CBS extended its winning streak in total viewers to nine consecutive years, while “Sunday Night Football,” “The Voice” and “This Is Us,” in particular, lifted NBC to first in adults 18-49. Overall, the five broadcast networks totaled 31.64 million viewers, which was a loss of six percent from the comparable year-ago period, while an 8.1 rating/30 share combined in the demo was a year-to-year loss of nine percent.

Here are the results (with percent change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses).

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 9.65 million (-12), NBC: 8.12 (no change), ABC: 6.22 (- 9), Fox: 5.84 (+ 1), CW: 1.81 (- 9)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 2.1 rating/8 share (no change), Fox: 1.9/ 7 (no change), CBS: 1.8/ 7 (-22), ABC: 1.6/ 6 (-11), cw: 0.7/ 2 (-13)
Source: Nielsen Media Research


Can NBC Capitalize on the Megyn Kelly Hype?
From Campaign US: NBC, as expected, made a big deal unveiling its new golden girl, Megyn Kelly, to the packed room of prospective advertisers and the media community at its recent upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall in New York. “What a great time to be at NBC. I’m here! “I’m psyched!,” beamed Kelly standing next to Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie from “Today,” Lester Holt from the “Nightly News” and Chuck Todd from “Meet the Press.” “And I am doing the kinds of broadcasts I always dreamed of being able to do.”  

But the impression I got was that there is a complete disconnect between the NBC News veterans and their new coworker.

Kelly’s upcoming weekday 9 a.m. ET show, which launches in September, will “inform” and “empower people to help them settle for more in their lives,” according to Kelly. But still minus any specific details from NBC—will this be the official third hour of “Today” or a standalone morning hour—I just don’t think the network knows what to do with her. For more, click here


“Underground” Canceled by WGN America After Two Seasons
WGN America has opted against a third season of “Underground,” a drama that explored the lives of key figures involved in the Underground Railroad. “As WGN America evolves and broadens the scope and scale of its portfolio of series, we recently announced that resources will be reallocated to a new strategy to increase our relevance within the rapidly changing television landscape,” Tribune Media president and CEO Peter Kern said in a statement.

“Underground” debuted on March 9, 2016 and produced 20 episodes in total. Executive producer John Legend said on Twitter that the “Underground” producing team is looking for a new outlet for a third season.

WGN America also recently announced the cancellation of drama “Outsiders.”

NOTES OF INTERESTNBC Retools Tuesday and Thursday; “This Is Us” Moves Back to Tuesday
After boldly announcing at its upfront it was moving “This Is Us” from Tuesdayto Thursday in an attempt to bring back “Must See TV,” NBC has now decided to leave the soon-to-be sophomore relationship drama in the Tuesday 9 p.m.hour. It will lead out of “The Voice” into debuting “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers,” which was originally scheduled in the Thursday 10 p.m.hour. NBC will now feature four comedies in the Thursday 8-10 p.m. ET block – “Superstore,” “The Good Place,” the revival of “Will & Grace” and “Great News” – into “Chicago Fire.” Here are the new retooled nights:

8:00 p.m. “The Voice”
9:00 p.m. “This Is Us”
10:00 p.m. “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers” (new)

8:00 p.m. “Superstore”
8:30 p.m. “The Good Place”
9:00 p.m. “Will & Grace” (return)
9:30 p.m. “Great News”
10:00 p.m. “Chicago Fire” (new day)

Vanessa Hudgens Joins Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”
Actress, singer and dancer Vanessa Hudgens will join Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy as the third judge on upcoming 14th season of Fox’s veteran “So You Think You Can Dance.” The season premiere, airing Monday, June 12 from 8-9 p.m. on Fox, will mark Hudgens’ judging debut in part-one of the Los Angeles auditions.

The logline: The new season of “So You Think You Can Dance” features highly skilled dancers between the ages of 18-30 who will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. The Top 10 dancers will be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition as they vie for America’s votes and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer.

Glenn Geller Exits CBS Entertainment President Post; Kelly Kahl and Thom Sherman Promoted as a Result
CBS has announced that Glenn Geller is stepping down as President of Entertainment at the network. Geller, who replaced Nina Tassler in Sept. 2015 and was supposed to return this week following a mild heart attack he suffered in March, has opted not to return to his post. “The company is in discussions with Mr. Geller for a production deal with CBS Television Studios,” the network said in a statement.

As a result, CBS has announced a new leadership team for its Entertainment division, promoting long-time Entertainment executive Kelly Kahl to President, CBS Entertainment, and naming veteran creative executive Thom Sherman to the position of Senior Executive Vice President, Programming. Kahl, who will assume leadership of the Entertainment division effective immediately, will report directly to Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation. Sherman, who will join CBS from The CW later this week, will oversee creative affairs for entertainment programming in all dayparts and genres, reporting to Kahl.

As part of his new role, Kahl will also oversee Entertainment matters in Marketing and Promotion, Digital/Interactive, Diversity, Publicity, Research and Scheduling. Sherman will oversee CBS creative departments such as Comedy, Drama, Alternative, Daytime, Late Night and Specials, as well as Current Programming and Casting.

Fox debuts “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay” out of the season premiere of “MasterChef.”…USA premieres game show “Big Star Little Star, hosted by Cat Deeley. NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show” returns with back-to-back episodes…“Hollywood Darlings” and “Return of the Mac” conclude for the season on Pop. For the schedule listings for Wednesday, May 31, clickhere
What grade would you give the debut of “World of Dance” on NBC?  Click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Kramer Can’t Sleep

Remember when Michael Richards as Kramer on “Seinfeld” could not sleep because of a fast-food chain’s giant neon sign flashing? What chain was it?

a) Boston Market
b) Jack in the Box
c) Kenny Rogers Roasters
d) Quiznos
e) Taco Bell

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Doris Roberts is remembered for playing the mother on two sitcoms: “Angie” and, of course, “Everybody Loves Raymond.” But which one of the following five series was she also the mother of the lead character?

a) “Alice”
b) “Bosom Buddies”
c) “Cagney & Lacey”
d) “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”
e) “Remington Steele”

Is:  a) “Alice.” Doris Roberts played Mona Spivak, Alice’s mother, in two episodes in the 1981-82 season. Although Roberts was a regular on NBC detective drama “Remington Steele,” she co-starred as Mildred Krebs, the secretary to the Remington Steele Detective Agency.


Trivia All-Stars
John Beadle, Gerry Bixenspan, Elvis Bussard, Maureen Goldman,  Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell

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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.