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Remembering Cameron Boyce; “Seinfeld” Celebrates 30 Years

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ON THIS DAY
Variety hour “The Everly Brothers Show” began on ABC in 1970 as a summer replacement for “The Johnny Cash Show”…The final episode of “Police Squad,” which spawned the “Naked Gun” film franchise, aired on ABC in 1990. Only six episodes were produced…ABC sitcom “Mr. Belvedere” concluded its five-and-one-half season run in 1990…The original “Melrose Place” from Aaron Spelling, which was spun-off from “Beverly Hills, 90210, debuted on Fox in 1992. It aired for seven seasons and was briefly rebooted on The CW in the 2009-10 season…Celebrity Birthdays: Oscar winner Anjelica Huston is 68; “The Following” star Kevin Bacon is 61; Rocky Carroll (“NCIS”) is 56; Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) is 42.

Did Not Know?
Grant Show of the original “Melrose Place” appeared on two episodes of parent “Beverly Hills, 90210” as his character, Jake Hanson, to introduce this spin-off to viewers. Jennie Garth from “90210,” meanwhile, appeared on the first three episodes of “Melrose Place” to continue their characters’ story lines, with brief appearances by Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green. The trio from “90210,” plus Jason PriestleyShannen DohertyTori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris will be reunited on upcoming reboot “BH90210,” which debuts on Fox on Wednesday, August 7th.

RATINGS BOX                                                            
Sunday 7/07/19

Household Ratings/Share
CBS: 3.3/ 6, ABC: 3.0/ 4, NBC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 0.7/ 1, CW: 0.3/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +10, ABC and CBS: – 3 each, Fox: -12

Ratings Breakdown:
Led by an encore telecast of veteran “60 Minutes” (#1 for the night: 5.3 rating/11 share) CBS topped this quiet Sunday in the household overnights, besting No. 2 ABC by 10 percent. But ABC’s 8-11 p.m. game show trio – “Celebrity Family Feud” (#1: 3.7/ 7 at 8 p.m.), “The $100,000 Pyramid” (#1: 3.2/ 6 at 9 p.m.) and “To Tell the Truth” (#1: 2.5/ 5 at 10 p.m.) – should be enough for the network to win the evening in adults 18-49.

For the remainder of the analysis for Sunday, July 7, click here

Fast Affiliate Ratings
Friday 7/05/17: Click here
Saturday 7/06/17: Click here

Live + Same Day Ratings
Monday 7/01/19: Click here
Tuesday 7/02/19: Click here

2018-19 Live+7 Season Rankings – The Complete Scorecard – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES

Disney Star Cameron Boyce Dies After a Seizure
Cameron Boyce, who appeared on Disney Channel sitcom “Jessie,” died in his sleep on Saturday following a seizure from an ongoing medical condition. He was 20 years old.

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” said the family in a statement. “The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him. We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.”

Born May 28,1999 in Los Angeles, Boyce’s first acting credit was in a “Panic! At the Disco” music video at age 9. He made his screen debut in 2008, appearing both in the horror film “Mirrors,”  and the thriller “Eagle Eye.” After a recurring role on “General Hospital: Night Shift,” he returned to the movies in “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2,” as Adam Sandler’s son. Boyce made guest appearances in several Disney Channel shows, including “Good Luck Charlie,” “Shake It Up,” “Austin and Ally” and “Liv and Maddie.” And he starred in “Jessie” from 2011 to 2015 as Luke Ross, the mischievous second oldest sibling, and voiced the role in “Jake and the Neverland Pirates,” an animated Disney Junior show that ran from 2012 to 2015.

In 2015, he played Cruella de Vil’s son in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants.”

When he wasn’t acting, Boyce raised money for the Thirst, a non-profit organization that builds freshwater wells in developing countries.

Seinfeld” Turns 30
The pilot of “Seinfeld” (originally called “The Seinfeld Chronicles”) debuted on July 5, 1989.
Amazingly, it was 30 years to this day, in 1989, that we were first introduced to the gang on NBC sitcom Seinfeld. Actually, make that three of them. There was Jason Alexander as everyone’s favorite nebbish, George Costanza; Michael Richards as the kooky neighbor with the whacked-out hair (who in this pilot episode was named Kessler); and, of course, Jerry Seinfeld as a fictional version of himself.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Jerry’s friend and former girlfriend Elaine Benes was not seen until the series returned the following spring for its four-episode first season order.

At the time, NBC was in dandy shape in the sitcom department. Thursday night “Must See TV” entries The Cosby Show, spin-off A Different World and Cheers held 3 of the top 4 spots in all of primetime. The Golden Girls and Empty Nest on Saturday were also in the top 10. And Night Court was standing well on its own on Wednesday. So, the network had the luxury to experiment with something like Seinfeld, which was originally called The Seinfeld Chronicles and was unlike anything we ever saw before on television. For more, click here

ABC Announces Fall Series Premiere Dates – Click here

Think Blind Dates Couldn’t Get Any Worse? – Click here

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The discussion this week is on season three of “Stranger Things,” “Dead to Me,” “What/If,”  documentary series “When They See Us” on Netflix; and season three of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu…. To listen, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS 

Season four of OWN drama “Greenleaf” will open on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: The new season finds the Greenleafs attempting to maintain a united front in the face of losing Calvary to Bob Whitmore (Beau Bridges) and Harmony & Hope Ministries, but secrets past and present create what could be fatal fractures in the family’s fragile foundation.

SPORTS

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

2019 Wimbledon Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks – Click here

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

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Season premieres: “Fast N’Loud” on Discovery; “Scream” on VH1…Season finales: “People Magazine Investigates” on ID; “Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud” on Bounce…For the listing of available programs for Monday, July 8, clickhere
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
A Different “Meathead”

We all remember Rob Reiner as Gloria’s (Sally Struthers) husband Mike Stivic on CBS sitcom “All in the Family” (who was referred to as “Meathead” by Carroll O’Connor as Archie). But which one of the following five actors was also offered the role?

a) Richard Dreyfuss
b) Peter Fonda
c) Harrison Ford
d) Harvey Keitel
e) Nick Nolte

The answer to the last question…

Four of the following five TV characters gave birth to triplets. Which one did not?

a) Phoebe Buffay
b) Katie Douglas
c) Leslie Knope
d) Joan Nash
e) Rebecca Pearson
f) they all did

d) Joan Nash (Pat Crowley), who was the mother of four boys (including a set of twins) on 1965-67 sitcom “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.” The series was based on the 1960 movie of the same name starring Doris Day and David Niven.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Joe Swaney, Tom Unzicker