Disney-ABC Cancels Game Show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”
May 20, 2019
NBC’s long-running “Cheers” concluded in 1993 after 11 seasons. Later that evening, the visibly intoxicated cast gathered for a live episode of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” telecast from Boston’s Bull and Finch Pub. Also concluding: Comedies “Barney Miller” on ABC in 1982, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” on NBC in 1996, “Roseanne” on ABC in 1997 and Fox’s “Ally McBeal” in 2002…Celebrity Birthdays: Oscar winner Cher is 73; actor Tony Goldwyn is 59; former “The Facts of Life” star Mindy Cohen is 53; “Justified” star Timothy Olyphant is 51.
-Did You Know?
Everyone, of course, remembers long-running and multi-Emmy award winning“Cheers” spin-off “Frasier,“ which like its parent series ran for 11-seasons. But many forget there was another spin-off series from “Cheers,” “The Tortellis,” which followed the lives of Nick (Dan Hedaya) and Loretta (Jean Kasem) Tortelli. It ran for 13 episodes in early 1987 and featured guest appearances by Rhea Perlman, George Wendt and John Ratzenberger.
Network Upfront Week: The Final Tallies: Click here
CBS: 8.1/15, ABC: 3.4/ 6, NBC: 1.9/ 3, Fox: 1.0/ 2, CW: 0.4/ 1
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +96, ABC: -11, NBC: -17, Fox: -47, CW: -64
It was all about the series finale of CBS landmark sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” which concluded after 12 seasons with a 12.3 household rating/22 share in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour. An earlier episode at 8 p.m. scored a 12.0/22. Personally, I found this finale completely satisfying and “The Big Bang Theory” goes down in the record books as the second longest running live action comedy in TV history (tied with “My Three Sons” and “Two and a Half Men,” and behind the 14-season run of “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.”)
The season finale of “Young Sheldon,” which will anchor the evening for CBS next season, scored a season-high 8.8/15 in the 9 p.m. half-hour. The promos did not lie: that was quite a surprising season-ender.
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TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES
“The Big Bang Theory” Heads to the Smithsonian
Sheldon Cooper’s (Jim Parsons) super hero shirt over shirt…Howard Wolowitz’s (Simon Helberg) dickie and belt buckle…Amy Farrah Fowler’s (Mayim Bialik) knee-length skirt. All these and more will become part of history as they join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The news was announced by series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch during an appearance last night on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday.
In addition to the aforementioned items, “The Big Bang Theory” has also donated Leonard Hofstadter’s (Johnny Galecki) hooded cargo jacket and “Recycle” T-shirt, Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco) tank top and Ugg boots, Rajesh Koothrappali’s (Kumnal Nayyaer) sweater vest and jacket, and Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz’s (Melissa Rauch) floral dress and cardigan.
“60 Minutes” Correspondent Steve Kroft to Retire
Steve Kroft has retired from CBS’ “60 Minutes” at the end of his 30th season. The 73-yr-old correspondent is currently the news magazine’s longest tenured reporter, having reported nearly 500 stories on “60 Minutes.” The newsmagazine will celebrate his 50-year career as a journalist with a special tribute broadcast this September.
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NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Netflix Orders Reality/Competition “Next in Fashion”
Netflix has greenlit 10 episodes of a competition series called “Next in Fashion,” which will feature some of the world’s best and quietly innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion. Hosted by fashion designer and “Queer Eye” personality Tan France and designer, model and global style icon Alexa Chung, “Next in Fashion” begins with 18 designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses.
The logline: These talented contestants have worked for major brands and dressed A-list celebrities, and will now compete head-to-head to see who has the skill, originality and determination to win the grand prize: $250,000 and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.
SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS
Disney/ABC Cancels “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”
Disney/ABC has opted against an 18th season of syndicated daytime game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Based on the primetime version, which was hosted by Regis Philbin and debuted in 1999, it shifted to syndication in 2002 with Meredith Vieria as host. Cedric the Entertainer took over hosting chores in 2013, followed by Terry Crews and, at present, Chris Harrison.
The potential replacement for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in many of the markets running it is the upcoming syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Tamron Hall.
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, click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Spin-off series “Love After Lockup: Life After Lockup,“ which follows five returning couples who fans have grown to know and love – or love to hate – as they face parole restrictions, temptation, and turbulence in their lives outside of prison walls, will debut on Friday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET. Throughout the eight episodes of “Love After Lockup: Life After Lockup,” returning Clint and Tracie; Marcelino and Brittany; Megan, Michael, and Sarah; Scott and Lizzie; and Andrea and Lamar will face new challenges and tackle many firsts in their new lives.
Cinemax drama “Jett,” created, written, directed and executive produced by Sebastian Gutierrez, will debut on Friday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Fresh out of prison, retired professional thief Daisy (aka “Jett”) Kowalski is reluctantly drawn back into doing what she does best after being forced to quit following the birth of her child. Narrowly completing a dangerous “final” job, she finds herself pulled back into a series of assignments masterminded by ruthless criminals, who are determined to exploit her skills for their own ends.
HBO drama “Euphoria” will begin its eight-episode season on Sunday, June 16 at 10 p.m. ET. Singer and actress Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”) heads the ensemble cast of the show, which follows a group of high-school students as they navigate a minefield of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. The series is created and written by Sam Levinson (HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies”), who also directs five episodes.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
HGTV debuts “Say Yes to the Nest”…CBS presents “Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Show 2019”…Fox game show “Beat Shazam” opens new season…“D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” concludes for the season…Season finales: “Prince of Peoria” on Netflix; “Paranormal 911” on Travel…For the listing of programming options for Monday, May 20, click here