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Monday, June 19, 2017
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Classic game show “I’ve Got a Secret” debuted on CBS in 1952 with Garry Moore as host. The original version ran until April 3, 1967 (switching to a color format in 1966)…In 1970, former baseball player Jim Bouton’s controversial book “Ball Four” was published, which was spun-off into a short-lived CBS sitcom in the fall of 1976 of the same name…Celebrity Birthdays: Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”) is 69; Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner (“Peggy Sue Got Married”) is 63; “Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer is 48; “The Middle” star Atticus Shaffer is 19.

-Did You Know?:
After several months of rotating panelists, game show host Bill Cullen, comedian Henry Morgan, TV hostess Faye Emerson and actress Jayne Meadows became the first four regular panelists on “I’ve Got a Secret.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Sunday 6/18/17
Metered Market Ratings

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.2/ 6, CBS and Fox: 3.1/ 6 each, NBC: 1.7/ 3

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Note: ABC aired game seven of The NBA Finals on the year-ago evening
NBC: +13, CBS: +11, Fox: + 3, ABC: -79

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC narrowly inched past CBS and Fox for dominance in the Sunday household overnights with its combination of a repeat of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (#4: 2.3 rating/5 share), “Celebrity Family Feud” (#1: 4.1/ 8), recent entry “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (#1: 3.2/ 6) and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (#1: 3.2/ 6). Compatible is clearly the word for the three game shows.

Tops for the night was coverage on Fox of the 2017 U.S. Open Golf Championship, which averaged a 5.0/11 in the household overnights from 7-8:30 p.m. But an 8:30-9:30 p.m. ET telecast of reality/competition “American Grit” fell off the charts at a mere 1.1/ 2 (#4). And that led into a 0.9/ 2 (#4) for a repeat of “Family Guy” at 9:30 p.m.

For the remainder of the analysis, plus the half-hour breakdown for Sunday, June 18 click here

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Source: Nielsen Media Research


Bravo Orders Four-Part Special “Xscape: Still Kickin’ It”
Bravo Media has greenlit a four-part special tentatively titled “Xscape: Still Kickin’ It,” which will chronicle the much-anticipated reunion of one of the female R&B group. Debuting this fall, the series will follow Xscape’s former members Kandi Burruss of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott. With the upcoming 25-year-anniversary of Xscape’s first album release, the women have decided to reunite for this special milestone.

Each episode will document the group as they attempt to heal past wounds and reconcile after nearly two decades apart, all in an effort to make music together culminating at Essence’s 2017 Festival. “Xscape: Still Kickin’ It” is produced for Bravo by Truly Original and Monami Entertainment.


“Heroes” and “Heroes Reborn” to Stream on Crackle
Crackle, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ free, ad-supported streaming network, will feature former NBC 2006-10 science fiction drama “Heroes” and short-lived 2015-16 revival “Heroes Reborn” beginning on Thursday, July 13. The series comes from Universal Television and a total of 91 episodes will be telecast.

“Animal House” Actor Stephen Furst Dies at 63
Stephen Furst, who is remembered for playing Flounder in 1978 theatrical “Animal House” and Elliot Axelrod on NBC medical drama “St. Elsewhere,”  has died from complications from diabetes. He was 63.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia as Stephen Nelson Feuerstein, Furst reprised his role from “Animal House” in 1979 spin-off sitcom “Delta House.” He also appeared on screen on “The Unseen” in 1980 and “Up the Creek” in 1984, and in syndicated sci-fi drama “Babylon 5” from 1994-98. And he traveled the guest star route in series like ”Newhart,” “Night Court,” “CHiPS” and “The Jeffersons;” and was a regular in short-lived sitcom “Have Faith” in 1989.

Furst also directed “Baby Huey’s Great Easter Adventure” in 1999 and “Magic Kid 2” in 1994. After he was diagnosed with diabetes in 1996,he dropped more than 85 pounds and appeared in an educational video produced by the American Diabetes Association.

Furst’s sons Nathan and Griffin Furst posted the following on Facebook:

Steve has a long list of earthly accomplishments. He was known to the world as an brilliant and prolific actor and filmmaker, but to his family and many dear friends he was also a beloved husband, father and kind friend whose memory will always be a blessing.

To truly honor him, do not cry for the loss of Stephen Furst. But rather, enjoy memories of all the times he made you snicker, laugh, or even snort to your own embarrassment. He intensely believed that laugher is the best therapy, and he would want us to practice that now.

If you knew him personally, remember his gift for lighting up a room. And no matter who you are, when you think of Steve, instead of being sad, celebrate his life by watching one of his movies or use one of his bits to make someone else laugh – really, really hard.

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Scott Pelley Bids Farewell to “The CBS Evening News”
CBS News reporter and journalist Scott Pelley had some parting words to viewers at the conclusion of the June 16, 2017 edition of the “CBS Evening News.” It was the last moment of Pelley’s six-year stint as its lead anchor, and he will now focus on his work at the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes.”

In his closing remarks, Pelley borrowed the famed line from legendary CBS News journalist the late Edward R. Murrow, “goodbye and good luck.” For a look, click here

“Jeopardy” Contestant Has ‘Star Wars’ Miscue
In the midst of defending her championship reign, retired teacher from Columbia, Maryland Debb Johnson provided this question to a ‘Star Wars’ clue within the category labeled “You’re Fired From This Movie!” in the recent Fridayepisode of “Jeopardy.” Perhaps Debb was not a fan of ‘Star Wars’ and had never seen one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history. For a look, click here

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Upcoming Fusion documentary “The Naked Truth: China Queer,” narrated by Omar Sharif Jr., will premiere on Sunday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET. The logline: “The Naked Truth: China Queer” is the culmination of almost two years of reporting that includes exclusive undercover footage from a LGBTQ activist who works to expose clinics that try to convert gays with medically baseless therapy and a shocking recording of a man held against his will in a mental hospital for being gay. The documentary also features the first U.S. television interview with a gender rights activist after she was detained by the government for 37 days after planning a protest.

“Gay for Pay Game Show Starring RuPaul” will return with six new episodes beginning Thursday, June 29th at 9 p.m. ET. The trivia series, with host RuPaul, features pop culture savvy contestants competing to win over $5,000 in cash prizes. The “Gay for Play” panel features Michelle Visage, Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as regular panelists, along with a rotating panel of former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants, social influencers and celebrities.

The Africa Channel (TAC) will premiere the second season of “The Ultimate Braai Master” on Tuesday, July 4 at 10 p.m. ET, and a new series, “Cuppy Takes Africa, on Tuesday, July 11 at 10 p.m.  ET. In “The Ultimate Braai Master” reality show (braai is an African word for barbecue), 15 teams take part in a grueling 5,000 mile road trip to claim huge prizes and the title: The Ultimate Braai Master. Leading into the season two premiere, TAC will run the entire first season over the July 4 weekend, beginning noon ET on Saturday, July 1.

“Cuppy Takes Africa” is a new reality series starring DJ Cuppy, a British-Nigerian music producer and DJ. She is determined to take her music-spinning skills across eight African countries, despite the obstacles of her traditional Nigerian mother, doting billionaire father and Africa’s wild and unpredictable contemporary music scene.

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Remembering Stephen Furst


Which one of the following statements about NBC medical drama “St. Elsewhere” is not true?

a) “St. Elsewhere” never finished any of its six seasons ranked in the Top 30.
b) Stephen Furst joined the cast as Dr. Elliott Axelrod in season two.
c) Elliot Axelrod briefly dated Helen Rosenthal’s (Christina Pickles) daughter Marcie.
d) “St. Elsewhere” competed with “Hart to Hart” on ABC in its first season.
e) “St. Elsewhere” debuted before “Hill Street Blues,” which was also from MTM Enterprises.
f) All of them are true.

The answer to Friday’s question…

After Bea Arthur announced she was leaving sitcom “The Golden Girls,” the plans began for spin-off “The Golden Palace,” which featured Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty running a local hotel. But before confirming the spin-off, there was potential talk of adding a new roommate to replace Bea Arthur’s Dorothy. Who was the actress considered for that role?

a) Doris Day
b) Shirley MacLaine
c) Rita Moreno
d) Doris Roberts
e) Renee Taylor

Is: d) Doris Roberts, who is remembered, of course, for her nine season multi-Emmy Award winning role on CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

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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.