Five series of note concluded: “The Bionic Woman” starring Lindsay Wagner in 1978; CBS’ “Knots Landing” in 1993; “Cheers” spin-off“Frasier” in 2004; “Smallville” on The CW in 2011; and ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” in 2012. “The Bionic Woman” began on ABC and ended on NBC; while “Smallville” originally aired on The CW. “Frasier,” meanwhile, is the longest running sitcom spin-off in the history of television…Celebrity Birthdays: Singer Stevie Wonder is 69; talk show host Stephen Colbert is 55; “Girls” star Lena Dunham is 33.
-Did You Know?:
Although “Knots Landing” was a spin-off from the original “Dallas,” the idea for the series (which did not include any characters named Ewing) actually came first. When “Dallas” clicked, CBS decided to ship black sheep son Gary (played by David Ackroyd initially on “Dallas,” and Ted Shackelford on “Knots Landing”) and his bride for the second time, Valene (Joan Van Ark), to the fictional town of Knots Landing, California.
CBS: 3.9/ 7, ABC: 3.7/ 7, NBC: 1.5/ 3, Fox: 0.9/ 2, CW: 0.7/ 1
Note: Percent change versus the comparable year-ago period was not available at press time.
For the household overnights by half-hour for the five broadcast networks on Sunday, May 12, click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
NBC in 2019-20: Eight New Scripted Series (4 Dramas and 4 Comedies)
NBC has announced eight new scripted series in the 2019-20 TV season, with the breakdown four dramas and four comedies. Three of the eight new series – dramas “Bluff City Law” (Monday at 10 p.m. ET) and Thursday night comedies “Perfect Harmony” and “Sunnyside” will debut this fall. The remaining five – dramas ”Council of Dads,” “Lincoln” and “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist;” and comedies “Indebted,” and “The Kenan Show” will launch later in the season.
Four of the seven nights on NBC this fall (Tuesday, the “Chicago”-based drama trio on Wednesday, lifeless Saturday, and Sunday — care of football) will not be changed. “This Is Us” on Tuesday, in fact, has been renewed for three additional seasons. And “Dateline” on Friday will be expanded to two-hours (out of returning “The Blacklist”) in what is certainly far from an aggressive move.
Despite the absence of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS, NBC is leaving moderately rated “Superstore” on the Thursday 8 p.m. anchor position (instead of attempting something new), and will position new comedies “Indebted” and “Sunnyside” in between aforementioned “Superstore” and also perennially ratings-challenged “The Good Place” in the 9 p.m. half-hour. “Law & Order: SVU,” which inherits the title as the longest running scripted drama in television history, will remain in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour.
Monday on NBC, meanwhile, will feature new legal drama “Bluff City” out of “The Voice.” Saturday, once again, will remain a dumping ground for repeats.
Following football season, Sundays on NBC will feature the return of “Little Big Shots” at 8 p.m., now hosted by Melissa McCarthy, followed by “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” and season three of “Good Girls.”
Additional previously announced new NBC series include “Bring the Funny,” “Small Fortune,” “Songland,” “That’s My Jam” and the return of “Who Do You Think You Are?”
Also later in the season on NBC will be returning dramas “Manifest” and the final season of “Blindpot;” comedies “Will & Grace” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine;” game show “The Wall;” and competition series “”America’s Got Talent,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Hollywo
“Mod Squad” Star Peggy Lipton Dies at 72
Perry Lipton, who is remembered for her roles on dramas “The Mod Squad” and the original “Twin Peaks,” has died. She was 72. Her death from cancer was announced Saturday by Kidada and Rashida Jones, her daughters from a marriage to famed music producer Quincy Jones.
“She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,”Lipton’s daughters said in a statement. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her.”
Born in New York on Aug. 30, 1946, Lipton began modeling at age 15 and quickly found herself in demand. At age 19, she made her television debut on the sitcom “The John Forsythe Show,” going on to make appearances on such series as “Bewitched,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” and “The Virginian.”
She rose to fame in 1968 as the street-smart flower child Julie Barnes, one of a trio of Los Angeles undercover “hippie cops” on Aaron Spelling-produced “The Mod Squad” in 1968.
In 1974, Lipton married producer Quincy Jones and, with the exception of a 1979 “Mod Squad” reunion TV movie, stepped away from her career to focus on raising a family.
She and Clarence Williams III made cameo appearances in a 1999 big-screen version of “The Mod Squad.”
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fox Greenlights “9-1-1” Spinoff “9-1-1: Lone Star”
Fox has ordered a spin-off series from Ryan Murphy drama “9-1-1” for next season called “9-11: Lone Star.” It stars Rob Lowe as a sophisticated New York cop who, along with his son, re-locates to Austin, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.
“9-1-1: Lone Star” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear are creators and executive producers on the series. Rob Lowe will also serve as a co-executive producer on the series.
Netflix Orders “Black Excellence” from Kenya Barris
Netflix has ordered comedy “Black Excellence,” their first series project with Kenya Barris with Barris and Rashida Jones set to star. The logline: Inspired by Barris’ irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture, “Black Excellence” looks to pull the curtain back and reboot the “family sitcom” in a way we’ve never seen before.
Barris and Jones will executive produce alongside Hale Rothstein (“black-ish,” “grown-ish”). The single-camera comedy will be produced through Barris’ production company, Khalabo Ink Society, under the multi-hyphenate’s overall series deal with the streamer.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
ABC and Fox Hand Out Pink Slips and Renewals
As of yesterday, ABC announced it is not moving forward on new seasons of sitcoms “Speechless,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “Splitting Up” together; and dramas “Whiskey Cavalier,” “The Fix” and “For the People.” Shondaland, which produced “For the People,” got better news with renewals for Thursday trio “Grey’s Anatomy” (which heads into season 16), spin-off “Station 19” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” Also returning on the alphabet net are freshman comedies “Schooled,” “Single Parents” and “Bless This Mess;” freshman crime solver “The Rookie” with Nathan Fillion; and veteran comedy “The Goldbergs.”
Fox, meanwhile, has swung the proverbial axe freshman comedy “The Cool Kids” and drama “The Passage.”
2019 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network
The National Football League (NFL) announced on Wednesday, April 17 its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2019, which runs from September 5 through December 29, 2019. For the complete breakdown, clickhere
Rajiv Jindia has been promoted to Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis at UPtv. Since joining the company in 2013, Rajiv has expanded his role to oversee financial planning and analysis for all aspects of UPtv’s operations, including affiliate revenue and the revenue and cost models for the rapidly expanding streaming service UP Faith & Family. Moving forward, Rajiv will work across departments to drive the implementation and roll out of new interactive financial reporting, KPI dashboarding and financial planning systems. Prior to UPtv, Rajiv held financial planning roles across a variety of industries, including stints at Delta Airlines, Home Depot and The Weather Channel.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
“My Last Days,” the documentary series about living an extraordinary life, told from the perspective of those who are terminally ill, will return to The CW for its fourth season for a three-night Wednesday event beginning on May 22 at 8 p.m. ET. Created by and featuring “Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni, the new season features the compelling stories of five courageous individuals who remind us that having a limited amount of time doesn’t mean we can’t make a positive impact on the world.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season premieres: “The Bachelorette” on ABC; “Line of Duty” on Acorn TV;“Best Baker in America” on Food; “Buried in the Backyard” on Oxygen…For the listing of programming options for Monday, May 13, click here