ON THIS DAY
The original “Hawaii Five-O” ended on CBS in 1980 after 12 seasons…Fox Broadcasting Company officially launched in 1987 with Sunday night comedies “Married with Children” and “The Tracey Ullman Show.” The latter series, of course, was the original home of those animated characters named the Simpsons… Also in 1987 was CBS made-for television movie “Still Crazy Like a Fox,” which reunited Jack Warden and John Rubinstein as a father and son team of private detectives from 1984-86 detective drama “Crazy Like a Fox”…Celebrity Birthdays: General Colin Powell is 82; syndicated court show judge Greg Mathis is 59; singer Pharrell Williams is 46; “Agent Carter” star Hayley Atwell is 37; “Downton Abbey” star Lily James is 30.
-Did You Know?:
The remainder of Fox’s Sunday night line-up in that first season consisted of drama “21 Jump Street,” starring Johnny Depp, and comedies “Mr. President” with Oscar winner George C. Scott and “Duet.” On July 11, 1987, Fox rolled out its Saturday night schedule with the premiere of supernatural drama “Werewolf,” which began with a two-hour pilot movie. The three other series added to the Saturday line-up were half-hours “The New Adventures of Beans Baxter,” “Karen’s Song” and “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.”
CBS: 5.2/ 9, ABC: 3.9. 7, NBC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 1.0/ 2, CW: 0.8/ 1
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC and CBS: – 2 each, CBS: -11, NBC: -12, Fox: -50
In series-premiere news, CW drama “In the Dark” opened with a modest 0.7 rating/1 share in the overnight households in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour, which led out of a 1.0/ 2 for veteran “Supernatural” at 8 p.m. Comparably, this was only on par with year-ago time period occupant “Arrow.” As always, the success (or lack of) for any CW series is highly dependent on social media.
Led by soon-to-conclude “The Big Bang Theory” (#1 for the night: 8.4/15 at 8 p.m.), it was an easy Thursday household overnight victory for CBS. For the remainder of the analysis for Thursday, April 4, click here
NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
Netflix Orders Animated Sitcom “Q-Force”
Netflix has greenlit a half-hour animated comedy called “Q-Force,” which follows handsome secret agent and his team of fellow LGBTQ super spies. The series is produced by Universal Television in association with Hazy Mills, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment, and it comes from Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”), Mike Schur and Gabe Liedman (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).
The logline: Constantly underestimated by their colleagues, the members of Q-Force have to prove themselves time and again as they embark on extraordinary professional (and personal) adventures.
Liedman will serve as showrunner and exec produce alongside Schur and his Universal TV-based Fremulon banner and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills, which is also housed at UTV. 3 Arts’ David Miner will also exec produce.
Ten episodes of “Q-Force” has been ordered.
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Kathie Lee Gifford has been mocked for years. But her morning TV legacy will outlast her critics. Click here
MeTV to Air “Lost” Episodes of “The Carol Burnett Show”
MeTV will begin airing early episodes of “The Carol Burnett Show” that feature the first five seasons of 1967 to 1979 classic variety series. Airing Sunday nights at 10:30pm ET and Monday to Friday at 11pm ET, included will be the premiere episode with Jim Nabors, who became Burnett’s “good luck charm” and first appearances of iconic characters, like pitiful Eunice and air-headed Mrs. Wiggins.
Comedy Central Signs Deal with Roy Wood Jr.
Comedy Central has announced a development deal with “Daily Show” correspondent Roy Wood Jr. with a ‘first look’ at content created and/or developed for television and new media. In addition, the cable net is set to begin production on Wood’s pilot, “Jefferson County: Probation,” in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama this May. Based on Wood’s early life, the pilot stars Wood as a probation officer willing to bend the rules to help the clients he monitors much to the chagrin of his partner and everyone else in his life.
Comedy Central is also committed to produce and air Roy’s third one-hour stand-up special. Wood will also write and star in an original digital series for Comedy Central titled “The Night Pigeon,” which is the story of a black superhero with minimal powers fighting the biggest villains in his community.
Nominations for 40th Annual Sports Emmy Awards Announced – Click here
Diana Miller has been named Executive Producer of “CBS This Morning.” Miller has been with the program since 2014 and currently serves as Senior Broadcast Producer. She assumes full oversight of the broadcast immediately and will report to Susan Zirinsky, President and Senior Executive Producer of CBS News. Miller joined the morning news show in 2014 as a Senior Producer and was named Senior Broadcast Producer in June 2016, responsible for overseeing the daily editorial programming and staffing.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Season three of TNT dramedy “Claws,“ starring Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes, Karrueche Tran, Jenn Lyon, Jack Kesy, Kevin Rankin, Jason Antoon, Evan Daigle, Suleka Mathew, will open on Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The series follows the rise of five treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisans of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures.
Netflix drama “The Society,” which follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town without any trace of their parents, will be available for streaming on Friday, May 10. The logline: Their newfound freedom will be fun… but it will also be very dangerous. As they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get home, they must establish order and form alliances if they want to survive. Ten episodes of “The Society” have been ordered.
The new season of “Best Baker in America” will open on Food Network on Monday, May 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Scott Conant returns as host, as the contestants are challenged with creating elegant and delicious baked goods through two rounds – a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential technical skills of baking, followed by a Master Challenge that tests the bakers’ prowess working with specific flavors and ingredients.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” concludes on The CW…Series premieres: “Our Planet,“ “Persona” and “Quicksand” on Netflix; “Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mines” on Discovery; “The Warrior” on Cinemax…Season premieres: “Roman Empire” and “Spirit” on Netflix; “The Tick” on Amazon; “Gold Rush” on Discovery…Season finales: “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” on Netflix…For the listing of programming options for Friday, April 5, click here