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“Bob Newhart Show” Star Jack Riley Dead at 80
Jack Riley, who is remembered for playing neurotic Elliot Carlin on 1972-78 CBS sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” died on Saturday after succumbing to pneumonia and infection following a long illness. He was 80.
Born December 30, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, Riley switched his career interest from baseball to acting after obtaining a radio job, writing and performing skits while attending John Carroll University. He toured military bases throughout the world in comedy shows after being drafted in the Army in 1958.
On television, Riley had a recurring role in 1966-67 sitcom “Occasional Wife,” and made the guest rounds early in his career in TV series like “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” “The Flying Nun,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and “The Partridge Family.” He also made multiple appearances on variety-themed “The Red Skelton Show” before landing on the Newhart sitcom. Dozens of more guest star roles on the small screen followed, with his next regularly scheduled series role on short-lived “Roxie,” the spin-off from “Kate & Allie,” in 1987, followed by FX comedy “Son of the Beach” from 2002-02.
Riley was also the voice of Stu Pickles on Nickelodeon’s animated “The Rugrats” from 1991-2004. And he was a fixture in five Mel Brooks theatricals, including “High Anxiety,” “History of the World: Part I” and “To Be or Not to Be.”
He is survived by his wife, Ginger Lawrence, and his two children.
27.5 Million Viewers for 15 Nights of The 2016 Rio Olympics
NBCUniversal is reporting 27.5 million viewers for the 15 nights of primetime competition for the just concluded 2016 Rio Olympics, based on the total audience delivery. NBC’s spin is this being the second highest average audience on record for the primetime competition for any non-domestic Summer Games. This number is based on the average minute viewing across broadcast, cable and digital.
The 2016 Rio Olympics is the first in U.S. media history with live primetime Olympic coverage on channels other than the primary broadcast network. It is also the first time that the broadcast network coverage, including primetime, has been streamed simultaneously on digital platforms.
The following are the average primetime audiences on record for the 15 nights of competition for non-U.S. Summer Games (all on NBC):
2012 – London Olympics: 30.3 million
2016 – Rio Olympics: 27.5 million
2008 – Beijing Olympics: 27.2 million
1992 – Barcelona Olympics: 26.4 million
1988 – Seoul Olympics: 25.8 million
2004 – Athens Olympics: 24.9 million
2000 – Sydney Olympics: 21.5 million
Positive Sampling for “Chesapeake Shores” on Hallmark Channel
“Chesapeake Shores,” Hallmark Channel’s newest original primetime series, debuted on Sunday, August 14 with 2.5 million viewers from 9-11 p.m. ET. Comparably, this lifted Hallmark Channel to No. 1 among all basic cable in the block (opposite the 2016 Rio Olympics on NBC) in households (2.3 rating), women 25-54 and total viewers). The debut scored on social media as well, becoming Sunday’s 2nd most social ad-supported cable drama airing a new episode, attracting the 2nd most uniques and interactions on Facebook and Twitter combined.
In “Chesapeake Shores,” Abby O’Brien Winters (Meghan Ory) returns to the town of Chesapeake Shores when she receives a panicked phone call from her younger sister Jess, who has renovated the Inn at Eagle Point. The Maryland town her father built has many sad memories and Abby, thanks to her demanding career, divorce and young twin daughters, has not had time to spare. Saving the inn from foreclosure means dealing not only with her fractured family but also with Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe), the man she left 10 years ago. Trace initially poses an obstacle but becomes an unexpected ally and a second chance at finding love.
Freeform Offers “Dead of Summer” Marathon
The first eight episodes of Freeform drama “Dead of Summer” will be available for viewing on the Freeform App, Freeform.com, Roku and the Freeform Apple TV app now before the final two episodes of the season air tomorrow and on Tuesday, August 30 at 9 p.m. ET. “Dead of Summer,” a throwback to 1980s horror films, stars Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost,” ”The Purge: Election Year”) as Deborah “Deb” Carpenter, Elizabeth Lail (“Once Upon a Time”) as Amy Hughes, Zelda Williams (“Teen Wolf”) as Drew Reeves, Mark Indelicato (“Ugly Betty”) as Blair Ramos, Alberto Frezza (“Charlie’s Angels”) as Deputy Garrett Sykes, Eli Goree (“The 100”) as Joel Goodson, Ronen Rubinstein (“Orange Is the New Black”) as Alex Powell, Amber Coney (“Class”) as Carolina “Cricket” Diaz and Paulina Singer (“Gotham”) as Jesse Tyler.