ON THIS DAY
Beloved Lucille Ball passed away in 1989 at age 77…Kids-targeted ABC sitcom “Dinosaurs” debuted in 1991. It aired for three-and-one-half seasons and featured the voices of Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Sally Struthers and Florence Stanley…The 200th episode of Fox’s “The Simpsons”was broadcast in 1998. The animated comedy will conclude this season at the 662 episode mark on May 12th…NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me” hit the 100-episode mark in 2001. It aired through Nov. 26, 2003…Celebrity Birthdays: Beloved Carol Burnett is 86; “The King of Queens” star Kevin James is 54.
-Did You Know?:
A feature film spin-off of “Dinosaurs” was planned during the fourth season, but the sitcoms’s declining ratings resulted in the cancellation of the show and the planned film.
CBS: 5.2/ 9, ABC: 3.7/ 6, Fox: 2.1/ 4, NBC: 1.9/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 1
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: + 3, CBS: no change, NBC: -14, CW: -22, Fox: -33
“Gotham” concluded its five season run on Fox at a modest 1.9/ 3 in the household overnights at 8 p.m., which led into a 2.4/ 4 at 9 p.m. (#3) for the sophomore season finale of “The Orville.” As always, a boasting point for “The Orville” remains the overnight rating growth from its lead-in.
CBS led this final April Thursday, with soon-to-conclude “The Big Bang Theory” tops at an 8.2 rating/15 share in the 8 p.m. half-hour. The remainder of the line-up – “Young Sheldon” (6.8/12), “Mom” (5.4/ 9), “Life in Pieces” (3.9/ 7) and “S.W.A.T.” (3.6/ 7) – led their time periods as well. Comparably, “S.W.A.T.” competing “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC (2.9/ 6) by 24 percent in households.
For the remainder of the analysis for Thursday, April 25, click here
Source: Nielsen Media Research
NEW SERIES ANNOUNCEMENTS
Gabriel Iglesias to Star in Netflix Comedy “Mr. Iglesias”
Netflix will debut season one of sitcom “Mr. Iglesias,” starring Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, on Friday, June 21. In the multi-camera series Iglesias plays a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater. He takes on teaching gifted but misfit kids to not only save them from being “counseled out” by a bully bureaucrat Assistant Principal (Oscar Nuñez), but also to help them unlock their full potential.
Sherri Shepherd, Jacob Vargas, Maggie Geha, Richard Gant, Cree Cicchino, Fabrizio Guido co-star.
Created by Kevin Hench (“Last Man Standing,” “Cristela”), season one of “Mr. Iglesias” will consist of 10 episodes.
Rate the Freshman Broadcast Network Shows of Winter/Spring 2019
Last November, we asked you to rate the new broadcast network scripted shows that debuted last fall. We’re doing it again, but only for the premieres since New Year’s Day. Over the next three weeks, we’re asking you rate all of the new broadcast network scripted shows that debuted this winter and spring.
There are four options to choose from: 1) “Excellent! Don’t miss!”, 2) “Good. Worth seeing.”, 3) “Okay if desperate to watch something,” and 4) “Avoid at all costs.” Once all the votes have been cast, we’ll tally up the final results for each show (with a score of 3 being assigned to “Excellent! Don’t miss!”, 2 to “Good. Worth seeing.”, 1 to “Okay if desperate to watch something” and zero to “Avoid at all costs.”) and assign a final grade. To participate, click here
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Shannon Ryan has been named president of Marketing for ABC Entertainment and Disney Television Studios. In this new role, Ryan will oversee all marketing, publicity and communications strategies for network, including media, creative, social, digital, publicity and talent relations. She will also oversee the communications and marketing teams of Disney Television Studios, which include ABC Studios, Fox 21 Television Studios and 20th Century Fox Television, managing the marketing, publicity, corporate communications, events, talent relations and awards strategies of the three companies. Ryan joins The Walt Disney Company after recently serving as the chief marketing officer of the Fox Television Group.
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
Season four of former Fox drama “Lucifer” will be available for streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, May 8. The logline: Reeling from the aftermath of Chloe (Laura German) seeing his devil face, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) faces a new challenge: Eve, the original sinner herself, is back. Does she want revenge for when he tempted her out of Eden oh so many years ago… or something else entirely?
The 10th season of docuseries “Wahlburgers” will begin on A+E on Wednesday, May 15 at 9 p.m. ET. This final season will continue to chronicle the lives of Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg as they balance family and their rapidly growing business, which has become one of the fastest growing restaurants in the country.
Season two of MTV’s “How Far Is Tattoo Far?” will return on Thursday, May 23rd at 9 p.m. ET with back-to-back episodes . The second season will roll out on MTV’s international channels and platforms later this year. Based on the MTV international format “Just Tattoo of Us,” “How Far Is Tattoo Far?” puts relationships through the ultimate test of trust by asking pairs of friends, family members and loved ones to design tattoos for one another that won’t be revealed until after they’ve been permanently inked – making this the most provocative show ever.
The upcoming reboot of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” on Travel Channel will launch on Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET. Hosted and executive produced by actor Bruce Campbell, the 10-episode, hour-long series is inspired by Robert Ripley’s obsession with the awesome and his keen eye for what keeps viewers mesmerized. Seventy years after Ripley hosted the first eponymous series, we still can’t resist his challenge to, “Believe it, or not!”
Comedian Julio Torres (HBO’s “Los Espookys”; “Saturday Night Live”) will headline his first hour-long comedy special on HBO this summer. The logline: In this comedy show, Torres explores his favorite shapes, which include a plexiglass square, a triangle, an oval that wishes he were a circle, a self-conscious cactus and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate that Julio is mad at because she left her little skirt at home. The objects are presented via an industrial conveyer belt and serve as a jumping-off point for fantastical stories, anecdotes and jokes.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Chambers” and “Street Food” on Netflix; “Portals to Hell”on Travel…Season premieres: “The Protector” and “She-Ra and the Princess of Power” on Netflix…ABC offers Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft…For the listing of programming options for Friday, April 26, click here