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ON THIS DAY
NBC debuted western “Jefferson Drum” in 1958, which was co-written by future “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry…Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Val (Joan Van Ark) married for the third time on the 300th episode of CBS’ “Knots Landing” in 1991. The drama ended after 14 seasons on May 23, 1993…ABC sitcoms “Who’s The Boss”? and “Growing Pains” concluded in 1992. “Who’s The Boss?” aired for eight seasons, with “Growing Pains” at seven…TV movie “The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!” was telecast on CBS in 1997…Celebrity Birthdays: Oscar winner Al Pacino is 79; “Dancing With the Stars” judge Len Goodman is 75; Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”) is 55; Oscar winner Renee Zellweger is 50; “My Name is Earl” star Jason Lee is 49.

-Did You Know?:
When it came time for ABC to put together the fall 1985 primetime schedule, the plan was to renew one of the two then freshman sitcoms. One was “Who’s the Boss?, and the other was “Three’s a Crowd, the second spin-off from“Three’s Company.” Given its eight season run, “Who’s the Boss?” was obviously the better choice.

RATINGS BOX                                                            
Wednesday 4/24/19

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.2/ 9, CBS: 3.4/ 6, Fox: 2.9/ 5, ABC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +86, ABC: -13, CBS: -17, Fox: -19, CW: -25

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC’s “Chicago” drama trio — “Chicago Med” (#1 for the night: 5.5 rating/10 share at 8 p.m.), “Chicago Fire” (5.4/ 9 at 9 p.m.) and “Chicago PD” (4.8/ 9 at 10 p.m.) — swept the evening, each finishing first in their time periods in the household overnights. Overall, NBC designating Wednesday for the Dick Wolf “Chicago” trio was the best programming move of any broadcast network this season.

For the remainder of the analysis for Wednesday, April 24, click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 4/22/19: Click here
-Tuesday 4/23/19: Click here
  
Source: Nielsen Media Research

NEW SERIES ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nickelodeon Orders New Animated “Star Trek” Series
Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios have greenlight new animated “Star Trek” series to be developed by Kevin and Dan Hageman (“Trollhunters” and “Ninjago”) and overseen for Nickelodeon by Ramsey NaitoThe new “Star Trek” series is the third animated series from CBS Television Studios, following “Star Trek: Lower Decks” for CBS All Access and “Our Cartoon President” for Showtime, EVP, Animation Production and Development, Nickelodeon. Debuting exclusively on Nickelodeon, the series expands the “Star Trek” universe for a new generation of fans. The new original CG-animated series follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation.

The series will be from CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside Kevin and Dan Hageman. Aaron Baiers will serve as a co-executive producer.

The new “Star Trek” series is the third animated series from CBS Television Studios, following “Star Trek: Lower Decks” for CBS All Access and “Our Cartoon President” for Showtime.

TV UPDATES

“Dallas” Star Ken Kercheval Dies at 83
Ken Kercheval, who is remembered for playing J.R. Ewing’s rival Cliff Barnes both on the original version of “Dallas” on CBS and the recent remake on TNT, died in his Indiana hometown on April 21, according to a local funeral home. He was 83 and he passed away of complications from pneumonia.

Besides Larry Hagman as J.R., Kercheval was the only actor to appear on all 13 seasons of original version, which aired from 1978 to 1981. Kercheval was also a primary suspect on the classic “Who Shot J.R.?” third season finale.

After a stint at the University of Indiana, Kercheval began training as an actor in the mid-1950s at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, making his Broadway debut in the 1962 play “Something About a Soldier.” Multiple theater roles followed, including iKercheval also traveled the guest star route in TV series such as “Kojak,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “L.A. Law,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “ER.”

In 1985, he became a partner in the Old Capital Popcorn Company. The business thrived at first but the partnership soured in 1988. The financial issues and other conflicts led to a 1989 armed rampage and suicide on the “Dallas” set by one of the partners.

Kercheval had five children from three marriages, all of which ended in divorce. As of 2012, he had six grandchildren.n “Cabaret” and, in 1966, as the title character in the original Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

His first TV roles were in soap operas such as “Search for Tomorrow,” “The Secret Storm” and “How to Survive a Marriage.” His film credits included “The Seven-Ups” with Roy Scheider plus “F.I.S.T.” with Sylvester Stallone.

Kercheval also traveled the guest star route in TV series such as “Kojak,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “L.A. Law,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “ER.”

In 1985, he became a partner in the Old Capital Popcorn Company. The business thrived at first but the partnership soured in 1988. The financial issues and other conflicts led to a 1989 armed rampage and suicide on the “Dallas” set by one of the partners.

Kercheval had five children from three marriages, all of which ended in divorce. As of 2012, he had six grandchildren.

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
Discussion about the upcoming Disney+ streaming service and its featured series: “The Mandalorian” (Star Wars), untitled Cassian Andor drama (Star Wars), “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”, “Diary of a Female President”, “WandaVision” (Marvel), “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (Marvel), “Loki” (Marvel), “Hawkeye” (Marvel), “Monsters at Work” (voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman), and the entire episode library of “The Simpsons”. With Scott Nolte of Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). To listen, click here

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

The CW Renews Four Additional Series for 2019-20
The CW has renewed four additional primetime series for the 2019-2020 season, including second seasons for dramas “All American,” “In the Dark” and “Roswell, New Mexico;” and a seventh season of perennial benchwarmer “The 100.” This brings the total returning series renewed for next season to 14, including all five of the new series that premiered this season.

As previously reported, The CW has also greenlit new seasons of “Arrow” (the 8th — and final — season), “Black Lightning” (season 3), “Charmed” (season 2), “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (season 5), “Dynasty” (season 3), “The Flash” (season 6), “Riverdale” (season 4), “Supergirl” (season 5) and “Supernatural” (the 15th — and final — season). Specific premiere dates for each series will be announced at a later time.

Cinemax Greenlights Drama “Warrior” for Season Two
The Cinemax drama series “Warrior” has been renewed for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes. Based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, “Warrior” was created by and is executive produced by Jonathan Tropper (“Banshee”) under Tropper Ink Productions, executive produced by Justin Lin (director of “Star Trek Beyond” and “Fast Five”) for Perfect Storm Entertainment and executive produced by Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment.

The logline” Warrior” is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hope Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family).

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

“Wedding Cake Championship, the cake competition hosted by Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, will return on Monday, June 3rd at 10pm ET with new engaged couples looking for their dream wedding cake and a new batch of elite bakers who hope their talents will deliver. The judges are Kimberly Bailey, “Chopped’s” Maneet Chauhan, and “Say Yes to the Dress” host Randy Fenoli.

Upcoming EPIX drama “Pennyworth, based on the D.C. characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, will premiere on Monday, July 28 at 10 p.m. The 10-episode, hour-long series from Warner Horizon Scripted Television follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
“Gotham” concludes its five season run on Fox…Season premieres: “Expecting”on UP; “Top Gear” on BBCA…Season finales: “The Orville” on Fox;“Supernatural” on The CW…For the listing of programming options for Thursday, April 25, click here