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ABC was the first television network to begin Saturday morning programming for children beginning in 1950 with informational program “Animal Clinic” and the western circus setting of “Acrobat Ranch,” where kids competed in games and stunts. Both programs originated from Chicago…Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey jumped on the growing docuseries bandwagon in “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica” on MTV, which debuted in 2003. “Newlyweds” ran three seasons and ended its run in March, 2005. The couple divorced in June 2006…Celebrity Birthdays: Former President Bill Clinton is 70; Upcoming “Scream Queens” star John Stamos is 53; Former “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick is 51; “The Odd Couple” star Matthew Perry is 47; Former “Parenthood” star Erika Chistensen is 34.
RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 8/18/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 14.2/24, CBS: 2.9/ 5, ABC: 1.5/ 2, Fox: 1.5/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: Percent change from the year-ago evening is excluded due to the ongoing 2016 Rio Olympics on NBC at present.

For the breakdown by network and individual show, click here

Live + Same Day Data
Monday 8/15/16: Click here
Tuesday 8/16/16: Click here
Wednesday 8/17/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

The CW Eyes Drama Series Based on “The Lost Boys”
The CW has landed “The Lost Boys,” a planned series adaptation of the 1987 Warner Bros vampire movie of the same name, from “Veronica Mars” and “iZombie” creator Rob Thomas, Gulfstream TV and Warner Bros Television.  The original film followed two brothers, played by Jason Patric and Corey Haim, who face off against a gang of vampires, led by Kiefer Sutherland, in Santa Carla, California.

Anthology in format, “The Lost Boys” will look at vampires through a new lens, asking the question: what does it really mean to be immortal? The series will tell a story spanning 70 years, with each decade a new season.  Each season, the humans, the setting, the antagonist and the story all change — only the vampires, our Lost Boys, remain the same. The first season will be set in San Francisco during 1967 — the Summer of Love.

News of this potential “The Lost Boys” series comes on the heels of The CW announcing that veteran “The Vampire Diaries” will be concluding next season.

Ashley Banfield Snags Primetime Hour on HLN
Ashleigh Banfield is exiting noontime program “Legal View” on CNN to host her own series in the weeknight 8 p.m. ET hour on HLN in place of departing Nancy Grace.  She will take over the time period on Monday, October 17.

“Ashley Banfield “will bring her legal experience and views to HLN prime, tackling the day’s most pressing social and legal issues mixed with her own passionate point of view and spirited conversation,” said Ken Jautz, the CNN executive vice president who oversees HLN, in a prepared statement.

Banfield said she expected to continue to contribute to CNN legal coverage, and would most likely make appearances on it air. She has served stints at Court TV and ABC News, and the Fox-owned KDFW.  A weekday version of “Inside Politics,” the John King-hosted Sunday half-hour, will take over her CNN time slot through the election. The new hour will be produced by the same team that supervised Banfield’s “Legal View.”


UP Renews “Bringing Up Bates” and “Growing Up McGhee”
Family themed cable destination UP has renewed two docuseries: “Bringing Up Bates” for a fifth edition and freshman “Growing Up McGhee” for a second season. UP has ordered 13 episodes of “Bringing Up Bates” and 10 episodes of “Growing Up McGhee” to premiere next year.

Debuting on Jan. 1, 2015, “Bringing Up Bates” follows the lives of parents Kelly Jo and Gil and their 19 children — Zach, Michaella, Erin, Lawson, Nathan, Alyssa, Tori, Trace, Carlin, Josie, Katie, Jackson, Warden, Isaiah, Addallee, Ellie, Callie, Judson, and Jeb. And, a few of these kids have kids of their own.  “Growing Up McGhee,” which launched on June 16 or this year and is a continuation of former OWN series “Six Little McGhees,” focuses on Ro and Mia McGhee and their sextuplets.

“Bringing Up Bates” and “Growing Up McGhee” are produced by Figure 8 Films, the reality television producers of such series as “Kate Plus 8” and “The Willis Family.”

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Amy Schumer Taking a Break From Here Comedy Central Show
Comedian Amy Schumer has said she is putting her Comedy Central sketch-comedy “Inside Amy Schumer” on hold to focus on touring and writing.  “Doing Standup and focusing on writing more for the next year at least. We are slated for a season 5 but not in the foreseeable future,” she tweeted Thursday morning.

Questions about the future of Schumer’s television series arose late Wednesday when she tweeted, “we aren’t making the show anymore.”  The series had been renewed in January for its fifth season, which was set to air in 2017.

Comedy Central had no immediate comment.

Decades to Feature Four-Day Marathon of The Three Stooges
Nostalgia themed diginet Decades will feature the legendary comedy team of The Three Stooges in a marathon scheduled to air Monday, Aug. 29 through Thursday, Sept. 1 in honor of the 33rd anniversary of the trio receiving their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Included will be the broadcast television premiere of a nine-part Three Stooges documentary “Hey Moe! Hey Dad!,” as well as a collection of Three Stooges movies.

The nine-part documentary goes behind the comedic curtain and tells the backstory of all the members of the Three Stooges, covering 100 years from the perspective of narrator Paul Howard, Moe Howard’s son. Besides the rare footage and photos, the docuseries will include interviews with family members, friends and Hollywood celebrities, including Leonard Maltin, Billy West, Pat Cooper and Whoopi Goldberg.

Who is your favorite member of The Three Stooges?  Click here to take our poll.

Casting News
Andrea Martin has been cast in NBC’s upcoming “Hairspray Live!” as the mother of pop star Ariana Grande.  The Emmy and Tony-winning comedian will join a lineup that also includes Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough, Martin Short, Sean Hayes and Rosie O’Donnell. It airs Dec. 7.


Docuseries “Facing Escobar” will premiere on NatGeo on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. ET.  The scoop: At the helm of his cocaine empire, Pablo Escobar ignited the international bloodbath that spurred the war on drugs. This is the story of the man behind the Glock, told by those in front of it. Interviewees include Steve Murphy, Javier Peña and Joe Toft, lead DEA special agents on Pablo Escobar’s investigation; George Jung, the mastermind behind Escobar’s early smuggling operations; “Popeye” Velásquez, Escobar’s friend, commander of his terror squad and convicted murderer; and Gen. Miguel Maza Márquez, who survived seven assassination attempts as the head of secret police in Colombia.


Smithsonian Channel will launch the second season of “Wild Inside the National Zoo” tomorrow, August 20.  This next batch of six episode will focus on the animal life at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., from kiwi chicks and maned wolves to swamp monkeys and pandas. Tian Tian, the famous panda who went viral this past winter when his blizzard video became the second most shared Facebook video in first quarter of 2016 with 1.9 million shares, makes an appearance in the first episode.

The second season of “Wild Inside the national Zoo” can be viewed on all of Smithsonian Channel’s digital platforms including smithsonianchannel.com/wildinside, mobile apps on iOS and Android, apps on Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV, and on Smithsonian Channel’s YouTube channel.


The final 10 episodes of scripted talker “Comedy Bang! Bang! will return on IFC on Friday, Oct. 28 with back-to-back episodes at 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET, respectively.  The remaining episodes, starring series host Scott Aukerman and musical co-host “Weird Al” Yankovic, will air weekly, back-to-back on Fridays with the series-finale slated for Dec. 10.

1. Who was your favorite member of The Three Stooges?  Click here
2. What is your favorite series based on a comic book? Click here
3. Who is your favorite late night talk show host?  Click here
4. What new network sitcom are you looking forward to the most this fall?  Click here
5. What grade would you give coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics so far?  Clickhere
NBC airs an original episode of sitcom “Superstore” at 10:30 p.m. ET out of the 2016 Rio Olympics.  Netflix offers the complete first season of kids-themed “Bottersnikes and Gumbles.”  The season – or series – finale of limited docuseries “My Last Days” airs on The CW.   For the complete primetime schedule for Friday, August 19, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Villains Gone Straight

Which one of the following dramas at one point featured two actors who portrayed villains on ABC 1966-68 camp classic “Batman”?

a) “Cagney & Lacey”
b) “Falcon Crest”
c) “Hill Street Blues”
d) “Knots Landing”
e) “NYPD Blue”
f) none of them did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following scripted dramas was not eventually the subject of a comic book?

a) “Charmed”
b) “Fringe”
c) “Jericho”
d) “Quantum Leap”
e) “True Blood”
f) All of them were

…Is: f) all of them were.  According to one of our resident trivia gurus, Bob Ingersoll, who wrote one of the issues of the “Quantum Leap” comic book:

-“Charmed”: Zenoscope comics published the comic series, which continues the TV show with season 9 and season 10 arcs.
-“Fringe”: DC published a prequel comic under its Wildstorm imprint that was written by Zach Whedon, and then published another mini-series partially written by Joshua Jackson.
-“Jericho”: a season three mini-series was published by Devil’s Due Comics in 2009. IDW later reprinted them.
-“Quantum Leap”: Innovation Comics published it in the early 90s.
-e) “True Blood”: IDW began a comic book on this series in 2010.

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Audrey Davis, Maureen Goldman, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Tom Moore, Gordon Purcell