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Programming Insider by Marc Berman
ON THIS DAY
Game show “Family Feud” debuted on ABC in daytime in 1976…There were also two primetime drama premieres: “Northern Exposure” on CBS in 1990 and “Monk” on USA in 2002. For his role as Monk, Tony Shalhoub received eight consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, resulting in three wins. A spin-off of “Monk” called “Little Monk” that dealt with the Monk brothers’ childhood aired for one season in 2009…Celebrity Birthdays: Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 71; “Charlie’s Angels” star Cheryl Ladd is 68; comedian and former talk show host Loni Love is 47; “Shameless” co-star Steve Howie is 42; “Lost” star Michelle Rodriguez is 41; former child star Erik Per Sullivan (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 28.

-Did You Know?:
There have been seven hosts, to-date, on the numerous editions of “Family Feud. The ABC network version of the show and the first syndicated series were hosted by Richard DawsonRay Combs hosted the CBS series and the first six seasons of the accompanying syndicated version, then was replaced by Dawson for the final season. The more recent syndicated versions have been hosted by Louie Anderson (1999–2002), Richard Karn (2002–06), John O’Hurley (2006–10), and Steve Harvey (2010–present). Harvey also emcees the primetime “Celebrity Family Feud” edition, as did Al Roker in 2008.

RATINGS BOX                                                            
Thursday 7/11/19

Household Rating/Share
CBS and Fox: 2.3/ 4, NBC: 2.2/ 4, ABC: 2.0/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: + 5, ABC: – 5, NBC: – 8, CW: -17, CBS: -28

Ratings Breakdown:
Despite the lack of lead-in support, “Big Brother” on CBS topped the evening, with a 2.9 rating/5 share in households in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour. Comparably, that increased from lead-in “Love Island” (#4: 1.9/ 3 at 8 p.m.) by a significant 53 percent. But when a 2.9 rating in the overnight households is the highest rated, there is certainly not much overall interest.

In season premiere news, CW drama “The Outpost” opened season two with a 0.5/ 1 at 9 p.m., which is typical for any CW series this summer.

For the remainder of the analysis for Thursday, July 11, click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 7/08/19: Click here

Live+7 Day Ratings – Week of June 24: Click here

Quality or Quantity? 
If you had a choice of the following two options, which one would you choose?

If you are of a certain age, you will probably remember those summers of anticipation, where classic cliffhangers on serialized dramas like “Dallas,” “Knots Landing,” “Dynasty” and “Falcon Crest” (including, of course, “Who Shot JR”?), were endlessly pondered by the anxious audience. So, in this changing world of media, where you can watch anything you want digitally anytime – and anywhere — you want, I was particularly anxious (as were you I am sure), for a look at the long-anticipated season three of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

My advice before watching: fasten your seatbelt tightly!

Like the 18.2 million member households through July 8 that already consumed all eight episodes of this new season of “Stranger Things,” according to Netflix, I was ready on July 4th for some new fireworks in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. And, because they were readily available, I consumed all eight episodes that weekend (and you did too, I bet). Happily, I was not disappointed. Trust me when I tell each episode of “Stranger Things” this season will keep you at the edge of your seat, with a true cinematic experience and a satisfying conclusion (complete with a cliffhanger) that is the perfect segue into a fourth season. And that very sentiment leads me to a question I would like to propose to the readers.

If you had a choice of the following two options, which one would you choose? For more, click here

NEW SERIES ANNOUNCEMENTS

Paramount Network Orders “Sexy Beast”
Paramount Network has greenlit a 10-episode first season of “Sexy Beast,” a series adaptation from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content based on the feature film of the same name. The logline: “Sexy Beast,” the series, tells the origin story of Gal Dove, a brilliant thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s. The series will explore the early days of Gal’s complicated relationship with Don Logan, a vicious gangster with whom Gal forms a partnership, the beginnings of his association with criminal mastermind Teddy Bass and how Gal met and fell in love with DeeDee, an adult film star who would become his wife.

Michael Caleo (“The Sopranos”) is set to write and executive produce the “Sexy Beast.” Karyn Kusama (“Destroyer”) is directing and executive producing through her company, Familystyle, which is also comprised of Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (“Destroyer”), who will also serve as executive producers on the show. Also serving as executive producers are Louis Mellis and David Scinto, the original screenwriters of the film “Sexy Beast.”

The series order comes on the heels of the recently announced pick-ups for “Coyote,”  from Michelle MacLaren and starring Michael Chiklis; “Paradise Lost” (working title), from Rodes Fishburne, Arika Lisanne Mittman and John Lee Hancock; “68 Whiskey,” from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment; as well as the new Darren Star series, “Emily in Paris”starring Lily Collins.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” to Conclude After 6 Seasons
ABC announced that the upcoming sixth season of “How to Get Away with Murder” will be its last. The series, which has been a constant in ABC’s TGIT programming block since its debut on Sept. 25, 2014, will follow Professor Annalise Keating’s (Viola Davis) class through their final semester in law school – while the deception, fear and guilt binding Professor Keating to her students prove deadlier than ever.

The now final sixth season will begin on September 26. Shondaland’s “How to Get Away with Murder” is created and executive produced by Peter Nowalk (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Stephen Cragg also serve as executive producers. The show is produced by ABC Studios, a division of Disney Television Studios.

HBO Renews “Euphoria” for Season 2
HBO has greenlit drama “Euphoria” for a second season, with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2020. The drama, starring Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), follows a group of high school students as they navigate a minefield of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. The series is created and written by Sam Levinson (HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies”), who also directs five episodes of the eight-episode first season.

“Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya. We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series,” said Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming. “We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”

The series ranks as HBO’s youngest skewing drama series on the network’s digital platforms.

TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES

“The Flintstones” Reboot in the Works
Everyone’s favorite Stone Age family, “The Flintstones,” could be back in what is being referred to as “an adult-skewing” primetime animated comedy reboot from Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions.

Considered by some to be an animated takeoff of the old Honeymooners sitcom (which creator Jackie Gleason was none too pleased about and considered filing a lawsuit against), “The Flintstones” from Hanna-Barbera Productions was the first animated primetime comedy. Prior to The Simpsons, it was also the longest running in the category in primetime in the history of television. It aired on ABC from 1960 to 1966, producing 166 episodes, and it spawned more than 12 animated spin-off series typically housed on Saturday morning (including “The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show,” “The Flintstones Comedy Hour,” “Fred Flintstone and Friends,” “The New Fred and Barney Show” and “The Flintstone Kids”). For more, click here

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci – Click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS 

“Cajun Navy,” which chronicles the inspiring, spontaneous grass-roots rescue efforts from a movement that started during Hurricane Katrina and lives on today, will debut on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, July 23 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: In the days after Hurricane Katrina, a group of ordinary citizens came together with one goal: to pull people from the water. The government had failed New Orleans, and it was up to the people to get the job done. The group filled with fishermen, lawyers, pastors, and housewives were known as the Cajun Navy because its members caravanned down the highways, boats in tow.

SPORTS

2019 NBA Summer League TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and NBA TV – Click here

2019 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network – Click here

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “Blown Away, “Extreme Engagement, “One Spring Night,” “Taco Chronicles” and “True Tunes” on Netflix…Season premieres: “3 Below” on Netflix; “Comicstaan” on Amazon; “Shangri-La” on Showtime;“Murder Board” on ID…”Bridezillas” concludes for the season on WE…For the listing of available programs for Friday, July 12, click here