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ABC in Talks to Potentially Renew “Whiskey Cavalier”

ON THIS DAY
There were three series finales of note: “The Dean Martin Show” on NBC in 1974; CBS sitcom “Designing Women” in 1993; and NBC’s “Mad About You” in 1999. The upcoming revival of “Mad About You” will debut on Spectrum Originals late this year and will revolve around Paul (Reiser) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) grappling with empty-nest syndrome in the wake of now-17-year-old daughter Mabel’s admission to college. ..Celebrity birthdays: Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong fame) is 81; folk singer Bob Dylan is 78; pop singer Patti LaBelle is 75; actress Priscilla Presley (“Dallas”) is 74.

-Did You Know?
Dixie Carter and Delta Burke co-starred together prior to “Designing Women” in CBS sitcom “Filthy Rich, which produced 15 episodes in total in its run from August 1982 to July 1983…Priscilla Presley is remembered for her role as Jenna Wade on the original “Dallas. But the first actress to play Jenna was Francine Tacker. At the time, Tacker was known for her one season stint as law student Elizabeth Logan on drama “The Paper Chase.

RATINGS BOX                                                            
 
Thursday 5/23/19

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 3.8/ 7, CBS: 3.2/ 6, NBC: 1.5/ 3, Fox: 1.1/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: Percent change from the year-ago evening is not available.

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC topped this first unofficial night of the summer TV season as a result of two-hour news special “This Is Farrah Fawcett” at a 4.6 rating/8 share in households from 8-10 p.m. The former “Charlie’s Angels” star, of course, passed away from cancer on the same day as Michael Jackson (on June 25, 2009).

In season premiere news was the seventh – and final – season of CBS crime solver “Elementary” at a dominant 3.0/ 6 in households at 10 p.m. Comparably, that oudelivered competing “Hollywood Game Night” on NBC (#2: 2.2/ 4) and an encore telecast of “Shark Tank” on ABC (#3: 1.5/ 3) by 36 percent and 100 percent, respectively.

For the remainder of the analysis for Thursday, May 23, click here

Live+3 Day data
Monday 5/20/19: Click here
Tuesday 5/21/19: Click here
Wednesday 5/22/19: Click here

“Live+7 Day Ratings” – Week of May 6 – Click here

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

USA Orders “Straight Up, Steve Austin”
USA Network has announced the pickup of “Straight Up Steve Austin,” an interview-based series hosted by retired WWE legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The seven-half hour episode series, produced by Wilshire Studios with Steve Austin and Dave Barsky (“Dirty Jobs”) as executive producers, will air on USA Network on Mondays at 11 p.m. ET following “Monday Night Raw,” beginning August 12.

The logline: In each episode, Austin and a celebrity guest swap stories about their lives and careers during one-of-a-kind custom-tailored adventures in different cities across America. In this unique interview format, there’s no studio, no couch and no cue cards — just a straight up good time and some good old-fashioned American fun.

Guests include country singer and actor Trace Adkins, NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., comedian Gabriel Iglesias, WWE Superstar Becky Lynch, NFL Quarterback Baker Mayfield, actor and retired United States Marine Corps Reserve officer Rob Riggle, and star of “Impractical Jokers” Sal Vulcano.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

HBO and BBC Greenlight “Gentleman Jack” for Season Two
HBO/BBC drama “Gentleman Jack,” produced by Lookout Point, has been renewed for a second season. Created, written and co-directed by Sally Wainwright (“Happy Valley,” “Last Tango in Halifax”), and starring Suranne Jones (“Doctor Foster,” “Save Me”), “Gentleman Jack” tells the story of Anne Lister, a woman who had a passion for life and a mind for business, and bucked society’s expectations at every turn.

“Gentleman Jack” concludes its current eight-episode first season on Monday, June 10 at 10 p.m. ET.

Disney Channel Renews Comedy “Sydney to the Max” for Season 2
Disney Channel has picked up a second season of the  live-action daughter/father comedy “Sydney to the Max,” starring 13-year-old actress/musical artist Ruth Righi in the title role of Sydney. Geared for kids ages 6-14 and families, the series is set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1990s and follows outgoing middle schooler Sydney Reynolds, who lives with her single dad Max (Ian Reed Kesler, “Suits”), in the house he grew up in, along with her progressive grandmother Judy (Caroline Rhea, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb”).

The logline: As Sydney’s preteen pursuits begin to expand, Max’s flashbacks of his childhood help him gain a better perspective of his daughter’s experiences. Created and executive produced by Mark Reisman (“Frasier,” “Wings,” “The Exes”), production on season two will commence later this summer.

Disney Channel Renews Comedy “Sydney to the Max” for Season 2
Disney Channel has picked up a second season of the  live-action daughter/father comedy “Sydney to the Max,” starring 13-year-old actress/musical artist Ruth Righi in the title role of Sydney. Geared for kids ages 6-14 and families, the series is set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1990s and follows outgoing middle schooler Sydney Reynolds, who lives with her single dad Max (Ian Reed Kesler, “Suits”), in the house he grew up in, along with her progressive grandmother Judy (Caroline Rhea, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb”).

The logline: As Sydney’s preteen pursuits begin to expand, Max’s flashbacks of his childhood help him gain a better perspective of his daughter’s experiences. Created and executive produced by Mark Reisman (“Frasier,” “Wings,” “The Exes”), production on season two will commence later this summer.

ABC is expected to make a decision on “Whiskey Cavalier” sooner that later. Series stars Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan are reportedly in conversations for other projects. Stay tuned.

For another freshman series ABC should also reverse its decision on, click here

ABC to Rebroadcast Norman Lear Sitcom Special
ABC will rebroadcast its sitcom event, “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,'” tomorrow night from 8-9:33 p.m. ET. Hosted by Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel, the rebooted telecast of “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” takes viewers down memory lane, recreating an original episode from each of the Emmy Award-winning series.

The cast consists of Woody Harrelson (Archie Bunker), Marisa Tomei (Edith Bunker), Jamie Foxx (George Jefferson), Wanda Sykes (Louise Jefferson), Kerry Washington (Helen Willis), Ellie Kemper (Gloria Stivic), Will Ferrell (Tom Willis), Marla Gibbs reprising her original role (Florence Johnston), Ike Barinholtz (Meathead), Sean Hayes (Mr. Lorenzo), Amber Stevens West (Jenny Willis Jefferson), Jovan Adepo (Lionel Jefferson), Anthony Anderson (Uncle Henry), Stephen Tobolowsky (Mr. Bentley), Jackée Harry (Diane Stockwell), Fran Bennett (Mother Jefferson) and a musical performance by Jennifer Hudson.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

After show “Archer After Hours,” which offers special guest interviews, behind-the-scenes commentary, cosplay spotlights, and more, will debuted following animated comedy “Archer” on FX on Wednesday, May 29th. It will stream live at https://www.facebook.com/ArcherFXX/,. Three episodes have been ordered to stream post-episodic broadcast, including June 26 and July 24.

Lifetime docuseries “Marrying Millions,” which explores the love lives of six couples, premieres Wednesday, July 10, at 10 pm ET. From the creators of 90 Day Fiancé, the new series follows the relationships where one partner is incredibly wealthy, and the other is definitively not, leading the couple to face intense scrutiny and questioning whether it’s true love… or true love of the money and the lavish lifestyles that follow? Ten episodes have been ordered.

SPORTS

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

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “High Seas” and “What/If” on Netflix; “Pitching In” on Acorn TV…Season premieres: “Whistleblower” on CBS; “She’s Gotta Have It” on Netflix; “Vida” on Starz.com…For the listing of programming options for Friday, May 24, click here