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The Top 10 Thanksgiving Episodes in TV History; AMC Announces New “Walking Dead” Spin-Off

Programming Insider by Marc BermanMonday, November 25, 2019

ON THIS DAY
In 1965, the airwaves were flooded with news coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s funeral, which took place in Washington, D.C. with over 800,000 mourners lining the streets…Sci-fi drama “Babylon 5” concluded its five season run in 1998. Spin-off series “Crusade” aired on TNT for one season in 1999. Si-Fi attempted to pick up the show and continue production, but was unable to find room in its budget…The 100th episode of “Criminal Minds” aired in 1999. The long-running crime solver will be concluding on CBS after 15 seasons in 2020…

Celebrity Birthdays:
“Dancing With the Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli is 64;
actress Christina Applegate is 48;
“Today” show’s Jenna Bush Hager is 38.

Did You Know?
The original planned title of “Criminal Minds” was “Quantico, which was ultimately used for the 2015-18 ABC drama starring Priyanka Chopra.

RATINGS BOX                                                            

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Live+Same Day Ratings
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Live+3 Ratings – Week of Nov. 11 
Seahwawks-49ers “Monday Night Football” Overnight Contest Ranks Third Among Cable Telecasts in Raw Adult 18-49 Gains – Click here

Live+7 Day Ratings – November 4, 2019
“The Little Mermaid Live!” Ranks in Top 10 of Adult 18-49 Gainers – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

TV UPDATES
The Top 10 Thanksgiving Episodes in TV History
Thanksgiving on the small screen: Charlie Brown; that messy gathering on “Cheers;” those holiday episodes of “Friends;” the parade from New York City; Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys football; and, if you have access to station WPIX in New York, that Laurel and Hardy 1934 holiday classic, “March of the Wooden Soldiers” (originally known as “Babes in Toyland”). They all define this official gateway into the holiday season.

When ranking the best Thanksgiving-themed TV show episodes historically (comedy and drama), however, there is one show that stands above the rest…”WKRP in Cincinnati.” And that kicks off our Top 10 ranker of the best TV shows to feast on Thanksgiving. For a look, click here

Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union Not Returning to “America’s Got Talent”
Newbie judges Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union who both joined “America’s Got Talent” on NBC for its most recent season in place of Heidi Klum and Mel B, will not return for the upcoming season 15. Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and recent host addition Terry Crews are also expected back. Crews also joined the show during season 14, taking over hosting duties from Tyra Banks.
There is no word who might be replacing them.

ABC Announces Midseason Schedule – Click here

I Am Not “Mad” About This Revival (At Least Not Yet) – Click here

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

“The Walking Dead: World Beyond’ to Debut on AMC in Spring 2020”

During the mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead” last night, AMC debuted a new trailer for “The Walking Dead: World Beyond,” the third series in “The Walking Dead Universe”, currently filming in and around Richmond, Virginia and set to premiere in spring 2020. Julia Ormond (“Gold Digger,” “Temple Grandin”) stars as Elizabeth, the charismatic leader of a large, sophisticated and formidable force. The series also stars Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Annet Mahendru, Nicolas Cantu, Hal Cumpston and Nico Tortorella. In recurring guest roles this season are Natalie Gold (Succession, The Land of Steady Habits) as Lyla, a mysterious figure operating in the shadows on behalf of the cause she believes in; Al Calderon (Step Up: High Water) as Barca; Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock) as Tony; and Ted Sutherland (Fear Street, Rise) as Percy.

“The Walking Dead: World Beyond” will focus on the first generation raised in the zombie apocalypse. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad. Produced and distributed by AMC Studios, the series is executive produced by Co-Creators Scott M. Gimple and Showrunner Matt Negrete, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Brian Bockrath.

The series will be available on Amazon Prime Video across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Europe; AMC Networks International will air the series on AMC in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Apple TV+ Renews Drama “Servant” Prior to Debut
Newbie Apple TV+ has greenlit a second season of psychological thriller “Servant” from M. Night Shyalaman before its actual debut this Thursday. The series follows “parents Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean Turner (Toby Kebbell), who have hired young nanny Leanne (Nell Tiger Free)  to help care for their newborn child.” As time goes on, it becomes clear that “things are not quite as they seem

The show was created by Tony Basgallop. Basgallop also executive produces along with Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan, Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black and Steve Tisch. Taylor Latham and Patrick Markey serve as co-executive producers.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

CBS will feature two holiday-themed episodes of game show “The Price Is Right” in primetime: “The Price Is Right At Night: A Holiday Extravaganza with the Cast of SEAL Team” on Sunday December 22 and “The Price Is Right At Night: A Holiday Extravaganza with Seth Rogen” on Monday, December 23. Both air in the 8 p.m. ET hour.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Series premieres: “College Behind Bars” on PBS; “Wrap Battle” on Freeform…“Bluff City Law” concludes on NBC…For the listing of available programs for Monday, November 25 click here