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USA’s “Mr. Robot” to Conclude with 4th Season; Updated “Big Brother” Rankings

Thursday, August 30, 2018
Countdown to the Start of the New TV Season: 25 Days
ON THIS DAY
Tom Brokaw became host of NBC’s “Today’s Show” in 1976 and remained in the job until 1981...The Late Show with David Letterman” debuted on CBS in 1993 and stayed on the air through May 20, 2015. Billy Joel was the first musical guest…Celebrity Birthdays: Former “The Shield” star Michael Chiklis is 55; actress Cameron Diaz is 46. On this day was the birth of two classic TV stars: “Hazel” herself, Shirley Booth, who was born in 1898; and “My Three Sons” patriarch Fred MacMurray, who was born in 1908.

Did You Know?:
With 11-seasons under his belt as host of NBC’s “Late Night with David Letterman” (from 1982 to 1993), Letterman at 33 years in total has the longest tenure as a late night talk show host historically.

RATINGS BOX                                                                    

Wednesday 8/29/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 4.5/ 8, CBS and Fox: 2.6/ 5 each, ABC: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from Tuesday July 4, 2017:
NBC: +12, Fox and CW: no change, CBS: – 4, ABC: -23

Ratings Breakdown:
It was another clean overnight sweep for NBC care of its combination of the first batch of semi-finalists announced on “America’s Got Talent” (#1 for the night: 6.6 rating/12 share from 8-9 p.m.) and two-hours of “World of Dance” (3.5/ 6 from 9-11 p.m.). Comparably, “America’s Got Talent” bested competing “Big Brother” on CBS (#2: 3.9/ 7) by 69 percent in these overnight households. But “Big Brother” was consistent from the year-ago evening versus slippage of 10 percent for “America’s Got Talent.” And “Big Brother” is expected to top the evening in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demo groups).

For the remainder of the analysis and the breakdown by network and by half hour for Wednesday, August 29, click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 8/27/18: Click here
-Tuesday 8/28/18: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

USA’s “Mr. Robot” to Conclude with Upcoming 4th Season
Critically acclaimed USA Network drama “Mr. Robot,” which proved the cable net could expand outside of the cookie-cutter mold, will conclude with the upcoming fourth season. Production, which begins this winter for an airing in 2019, has been expanded from 8 to 12 episodes.

Debuting on June 24, 2015, “Mr. Robot” stars Rami Makek as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who has has social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. Elliot is recruited by an insurrectionary anarchist known as “Mr. Robot”, played by Christian Slater, to join a group of hackivists called “fsociety”.The group aims to destroy all debt records by encrypting the financial data of the largest conglomerate in the world, E Corp.

At conclusion, a total of 44 episodes of “Mr. Robot” will have been produced.

E! Greenlights Season Four of “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry”
E! has ordered a fourth season of “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry,” with 20something medium Tyler Henry continuing his celebrity readings. This past season, Tyler was featured with guests including La Toya Jackson, Chrissy Metz, Jim Parsons, Lucy Hale, Titus Burgess, Selma Blair, Kristin Cavallari, Teresa Giudice, Iggy Azalea, Guiliana Rancic, and Christina El Moussa.

Among the moments highlights from season 3 were “This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz getting a message from her grandmother to give to her ailing mother; “Jersey Shore” star Ronnie Ortiz-Margo connecting with his best friend who had passed just weeks before; David and Rosanna Arquette connecting with their sister Alexis who had recently departed; and actress Megan Fox’s special reading in which she reveals to Tyler that she has her own supernatural gifts. Later in the season, LaToya Jackson finally found closure with the passing of her icon brother, Michael Jackson, when Tyler revealed his death could have been prevented.

“Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” is produced by Emmy-nominated 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, and Corbett-Stern Productions in association with Mortar Media. Michael Corbett, Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, Larry Stern, Cameron Kadison and Sarah Skibitzke serve as Executive Producers.

TV UPDATES

“Big Brother 20” Power Rankings for Week 9: Welcome Back Juror 
Spoiler Warning: The following article details some of the events of the past week that either have not been showcased on past CBS episodes or may air in a future CBS episode.

We all saw this coming: Faysal earned his comeuppance getting nominated for eviction after his week chock full of awful moves as Head of Household. Lucky for him, this week’s Battle Back may just be his savior but will it be enough to break the formidable Level Six alliance? With the ninth eviction on perennial CBS summer favorite “Big Brother 20” coming tonight, click here for the scoop (through August 30, which is Day #72 in the house) on the remaining eight house guests:

Netflix Announces Ken Jeong Stand-Up Comedy Special 
Ken Jeong (“Dr. Ken”) and director Jon M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) will reunite for Jeong’s hour-long Netflix comedy stand-up special, which Chu is set to direct. Tentatively titled “Ken Jeong: First Date,” this marks Jeong’s first comedy special, which will premiere globally in 2019 on Netflix. The special will feature Jeong reflecting on how he transitioned from being a doctor to a comedian. Filming will take place on September 15, 2018 at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California, where Jeong first got his start in comedy.

CBS and Hearst Announce Network Affiliation Agreement Renewals
CBS Corporation and Hearst Television today announced a multi-year deal that renews station affiliation agreements for Hearst Television’s CBS-affiliated owned and operated stations WLKY-TV in Louisville, Ky., and KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. Combined, these two stations serve over 1 million households.

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The PI’s Douglas Pucci reviews new Fox comedies “Cool Kids” and “Rel. With Scott Nolte on Northwest Iowa’s Y100.1 FM (KUYY). To listen, click here

SPORTS

2018 College Football Week 1 TV and Announcer Schedule – Click here

2018 U.S. Open Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks – Click here

2018 WNBA Playoffs TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ABC – Click here

2018-19 NBA Regular Season Schedule on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA – Clickhere

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The two-hour season finale of A&E’ docuseries “Born This Way” premieres next Wednesday, September 5 at 8 p.m. ET with the wedding of two cast members, Angel and Cristina. The emotional episode follows the couple in the days leading up to their wedding and the momentous event that they celebrated with their family and friends, including the entire “Born This Way” cast.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT
MTV debuts docuseries “Pretty Little Mamas”…Season finales: “The Gong Show” on ABC, “Carnival Kings” on Cooking, “The Great Food Truck Race” on Food…For the programming options on Thursday, August 30, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Making Ends Meet in Minneapolis

Remember Lars, Phyllis’ (Cloris Leachman) never seen husband on sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”? What was his annual salary employed as a dermatologist in Minneapolis in the early 1970s? Need a hint? Take the Bradford siblings and times them by three.

a) $22,000
b) $24,000
c) $30,000
d) $33,000
e) $40,000

The answer to yesterday’s question… 

Which one of the following TV characters was played by only one actress throughout the course of the series run?

a) Maggie McKinney-Drummond (“Diff’rent Strokes”)
b) Aimee Godsey (“The Waltons”)
c) Lois Lane (“The Adventures of Superman”)
d) Louise Tate (“Bewitched”)
e) Paige Thatcher (“Life Goes On”)
f) all of them featured two actresses in the role

…:f) all of them featured two actresses in the roles as follows:

-Maggie McKinney-Drummond (“Diff’rent Strokes”) – Dixie Carter and Mary-Ann Mobley
-Aimee Godsey (“The Waltons”): Rachel Longaker and DeAnna Robins
-Lois Lane (“The Adventures of Superman”): Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill
-Louise Tate (“Bewitched”): Irene Vernon and Kasey Rogers
-Paige Thatcher (“Life Goes On”): Monique Lanier and Tracey Needham
-all of them featured two actresses in the role

But since DeAnna Robins took over the role of Aimee Godsey in the trio of NBC “Waltons” TV movies in the early 1980s, I will accept choice B as the correct response as well.

 
Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Stephen Franklin, Bob Ingersoll, Jody McIntyre, Richard Naldrett, Gordon Purcell