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Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in Showtime Drama “First Ladies;” Comedy Central Renews “Drunk History”

ON THIS DAY August 27th

The police drama “Stand by for Crime,” the first program to be transmitted from Chicago to New York, concluded on ABC in 1949. One of the stars was veteran newsman Mike Wallace, under his real name, Myron Wallace…In 1964, Gracie Allen of the Burns and Allen comedy duo passed away at the age of 69. Her beloved husband, George Burns, died on March 9, 1996 at the age of 100…Fox sitcom “Martin,” starring Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell, began its five season run in 1992. In 1997, Campbell filed a lawsuit against her Lawrence and the show’s producers for sexual harassment and verbal and physical assaults, and she did not appear in most of the season five episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: Paul Reubens (aka “Pee Wee” Herman) is 67; “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson is 50; “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul is 40.

-Did You Know?:
After Gracie Allen retired, the couple’s long-running sitcom “The Burns and Allen Show,” which aired from 1950 to 1958, continued  as “The George Burns Show” with the same supporting cast (including upcoming “Petticoat Junction” star Bea Benaderet). It aired for one season (1958 to 1959) on NBC. 

RATINGS BOX                                                            

Monday 8/26/19

Household Rating/Share
ABC and NBC: 3.0/ 5 each, CBS: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change Vs. the Comparable Year-Ago Week:
CBS: + 9, ABC: no change, NBC: – 3, Fox: -18, CW: -30

Ratings Breakdown:
ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” topped this final Monday in August, with a 3.5 rating/6 share in households from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that was slightly above the 3.2/ 6 for competing “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC. The moral of this story: both summer shows have years of life ahead.

Elsewhere, there was nothing new to report. A two-hour edition of Fox’s tired “So You Think You Can Dance” could not compete at a 1.7/ 3 in households from 8-10 p.m. Maybe it is time to give the dance competition a rest.

For the remainder of the overnight analysis plus the half-hour breakdown for Monday, August 26, click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research 

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Comedy Central Renews “Drunk History” for Season 7 Comedy Central has renewed “Drunk History” for a seventh season, with an order for 16 new episodes. Debuting on July 9, 2013 (and based on the “Funny or Die” web series), an inebriated narrator in each episode, joined by host Derek Waters, struggles to recount an event from history, while actors enact the narrator’s anecdotes and also lip sync the dialogue.

The pick up is part of a first-look, all-media deal the network has signed with series’ co-creator Derek Water. In partnership with Comedy Central Productions, the network’s new studio-production arm, Waters will develop comedy content for TV and digital platforms via his Be Nice or Leave production company. 

TV AND DIGITAL UPDATES

Viola Davis to Play Michelle Obama in Showtime Drama “First Ladies”

On the heels of the upcoming final season of “How to Get Away With Murder” comes word that Viola Davis will portray Michelle Obama in upcoming Showtime drama “First Ladies.” The premium anthology drama, to be written by novelist Aaron Cooley, will explore the public and private lives of first ladies throughout American history. In addition to Obama, the first season will feature Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford, both of whom have yet to be cast.

The actress and her husband, Julius Tennon, are among the executive producers of “First Ladies,” which will appear under their JuVee Productions banner.

PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci –  

Celebrating the 2000s
Douglas Pucci remembers his favorite shows from the 1990s – “Survivor, “American Idol,” “The Closer,” “24” and “Big Brother.” Click here

Woody Harrelson, Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello Among First Hosts and Musical Guests for 45th Season of “Saturday Night Live”

NBC has announced who will be hosting five episodes of the 45th season of “Saturday Night Live” this fall, which will premiere on September 28, 2019 at 11:29 p.m. ET. Woody Harrelson, soon appearing in the theatrical film release “Zombieland: Double Tap”, the sequel to the 2009 flick “Zombieland”, will host the season premiere with musical guest Billie Eilish, the 17 year-old singer-songwriter whose song “Bad Guy” hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart this summer. 

 SPORTS

2019 U.S. Open Tennis TV Schedule on ESPN Networks – Click here 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS  

Six-part series “Why We Hate” from Oscar winners Alex Gibney and Steven Spielberg will launch on Discovery on Sunday, October 13. The logline: Throughout history, hate and conflict have been part of the human experience. From horrific extremes such as the Holocaust or the Rwandan genocide, when hate has fueled mass destruction, to everyday incidents like playground bullying or malicious trolling on social media, hate shapes our lives in myriad ways. And while all humans have the capacity to hate, few understand what sparks it and transforms it into a destructive force. “Why We Hate” explores one of humanity’s most primal and destructive emotions – hate. 

“Long Island Medium, headlined by Theresa Caputo, will return for a new season on Friday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. ET. The new episodes will include celebrity readings with Tatum O’Neal, Wayne Brady, Louie Anderson, Michael Fishman, Bronson Pinchot, Arie & Lauren Luyendyk, Taylor Dayne, Kate Flannery and former “Family Matters” star Reginald VelJohnson.