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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
ABC aired “The Barbara Walters Special” in 1976, which was the first of a long series of specials headlined by Barbara Walters. Featured were President elect Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn and their family, and Barbra Streisand and then boyfriend Jon Peters…In 2000, Ross (David Schwimmer) dressed like an armadillo on NBC’s “Friends” in “The One With the Holiday Armadillo” to introduce son Ben to Hanukkah…Celebrity Birthdays: Actress KaDee Strictland (“Private Practice”) is 41; Pop singer Vanessa Hudgens is 28.

Did You Know?
When NBC’s “Friends” began on Sept. 22, 1994, the starting salary for each of the six cast members – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Swimmer – was $22,500 per episode.  In the final season in 2003-04, they each earned $1 million per half-hour. All salary negotiations were done in unison.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 12/13/16

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.8/13, NBC: 6.9/11, ABC: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 1.1/ 2, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +32, CBS: +11, Fox and CW: no change, NBC: – 5

-Winners: “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Bull” (CBS), “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)
-Losers: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox), “New Girl” (Fox), “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC), “The Real O’Neals” (ABC), “Scream Queens” (Fox),

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS remained the network to beat in the Tuesday overnights with its line-up of dramas “NCIS” (#1: for the night: 9.3 rating/16 share), freshman “Bull” (#1t: 7.6/12) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#2: 6.6/12).  “Bull,” of course, is a shoo-in for a second season renewal. But NBC is a lock for dominance in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demos) care of the fall season-finale of “The Voice,” which scored an ample 7.6/13 in households from 9-11 p.m.  Comparably, that was just seven percent below the fall season-ender on the year-ago evening (8.2/13 on 12/15/15), and it was its highest Tuesday overnight rating since Sept. 27 (7.9).

Earlier in the evening on NBC was ”The Voice” clips show at a second-place 5.5/ 9 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here

The 5-Least Promising New Midseason Network Shows: Click here

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Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of Dec. 5, 2016

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 10.61 million (+23), CBS: 7.76 (- 3), Fox: 4.49 (+ 4), ABC: 4.49 (- 1)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 2.9 rating/10 share (+38), Fox: 1.4/ 5 (no change), CBS: 1.2/ 4 (-14), ABC: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), CW: 0.5/ 2 (-17)

-Adults 25-54:
NBC: 3.6/11 (+33), Fox: 1.8/ 5 (+ 6), CBS: 1.8/ 5 (-10), ABC: 1.4/ 4 (- 7), CW: 0.6/ 2 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:
NBC: 2.2/10 (+47), Fox: 1.1/ 5 (+10), CBS: 0.7/ 3 (-12), ABC: 0.6/ 3 (-14), CW: 0.4/ 2 (no change)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

TNT Orders Dramedy “Claws”
TNT has given a series greenlight to “Claws” from Warner Horizon Television, which is set in a South Florida nail salon. “Claws” follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. At the center is salon owner Desna (Niecy Nash), who lives with and cares for her mentally ill twin brother, Dean (Harold Perrineau). Desna’s staff includes best friend Jennifer (Jenn Lyon), a tenuously sober ex-party girl raising two children from previous relationships; Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes), Desna’s enigmatic driver who also provides security for the salon; Polly (Carrie Preston), a mild-mannered preppy who recently served time in prison for identity theft; and Virginia (Karrueche Tran), who makes no effort to hide her boredom and impatience with her job.

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of “Claws,” which is slated to launch in 2017.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

“People of Earth” and “Search Party” Renewed for Season Two on TBS
TBS has announced 10-episode second season renewals for comedies “People of Earth” and “Search Party.”  Debuting on Oct. 31, “People of Earth” focuses on a support group for alien abductees. And “Search Party,” which opened on Nov. 21, follows four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.  The two half-hours join the network’s previous 2016 renewals of “Angie Tribeca,” “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” “The Detour” and Wrecked,” in addition to comedy mainstays Conan and American Dad!

IFC Renews “Stan Against Evil” for Season Two
“Stan Against Evil,” a combination of horror and comedy, has been picked up for a second season by IFC for 2017. Created by Dana Gould (“The Simpsons,” “Parks and Recreation”) and starring John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”) and Janet Varney (“You’re The Worst”), “Stan Against Evil” follows Stan Miller (McGinley), a perpetually disgruntled former sheriff of a small New England town who was forced into retirement.  Stan has trouble relinquishing his authority to Evie Barret (Varney), the tough and beautiful new sheriff in town, but they form an unlikely alliance when both begin to realize things are not quite right in their quaint New England town. Together, they valiantly fight a plague of unleashed demons that have been haunting the town, which just happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning.

TV Land Cancels Sophomore Comedy “Impastor”
TV Land has opted against a third season or sitcom “Impastor.”  Debuting on July 15, 2015, “Impastor” featured Michael Rosenbaum as Buddy Dobbs, a fugitive and hard-core gambling addict who, in order to hide from a pair of loan sharks, ends up stealing the identity of a recently deceased gay Lutheran pastor who was relocating to Ladner, a small-town community outside of Portland, Oregon. The now final episode of “Impastor” aired on December 7.  A total of 20 episodes were produced.

WGN America Cancels “Salem” After Four Seasons
WGN America drama “Salem” will not be returning for a fourth season.  The series, which debuted on April 20, 2014 and was loosely based on the historic Salem Witch Trials, featured Janet Montgomery, Shane West and Seth Gabel and was the first scripted original ordered at WGN America. “Salem” will now officially conclude after 36 episodes in total on Jan. 18, 2017.

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NOTES OF INTEREST

ABC Expands Episode Orders for Six Sitcoms
ABC has ordered two additional episodes for “The Goldbergs” and “black-ish,” taking this season’s episode order to 24 for each.  And four additional alphabet net comedies – “The Middle,” “American Housewife,” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Speechless” – will each have an additional episode, taking them to 23 half-hours.  The news comes on the heels of the three Golden Globe nominations for “black-ish” — one each for series leads Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, and one Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.

“Growing Pains” Star Alan Thicke Dies at Age 69
Former “Growing Pains” patriarch Alan Thicke died yesterday of a sudden heart attack while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. He was transported to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center at approximately noon, and pronounced dead there.  He was 69.

Born Alan Willis Thicke on March 1, 1947 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada, Thicke got an early break when Norman Lear hired him to produce and head the writing staff of “Fernwood 2-Night,” which was a parody talk show based on characters from Lear’s earlier syndicated show, “Mary hartman, Mary Hartman.” In the late 1970s, he was a frequent guest host of “The Alan Hamel Show,” a daytime talk show on Canadian TV, which led to his own talk show in Canada during the early 1980s, called “The Alan Thicke Show.” Thicke was later signed to do an American syndicated late-night talk show, “Thicke of the Night,” which was a direct competitor to “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” on NBC, but it only ran for one season (from 1983 to 1984).

Thicke at the time was also a successful TV theme song composer, often collaborating with his then-wife Gloria Loring on sitcoms including “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life.” He also wrote a number of TV game show themes, including “The Wizard of Odds” “The Joker’s Wild,” “Celebrity Sweepstakes,” “The Diamond Head Game,” “Animal Crack-Ups,” “Blank Check,” “Stumpers!,” “Whew!, and the original theme to “Wheel of Fortune.” Thicke also co-wrote “Sara,” a solo hit for Bill Champlin.

Thicke entered the world of TV sitcoms on ABC’s “Growing Pains” in 1985, which lasted seven seasons and spawned two made-for television reunion movies. And, in 1995-96, he co-starred on NBC sitcom “Hope & Gloria.”  More recently, he guested starred on TV series like “How I Met Your Mother,” “This is Us” and “Fuller House.”

He is survived by his three sons, including singer Robin, Brennan, and Carter, as well as his wife Tanya.

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OPINION
 
The 5 Least-Promising Midseason Network Shows
From Campaign US: Though it can feel like a consolation prize, a midseason premiere date can actually work to a series’ advantage. Unlike the beginning of the season, there is no single week in which everything debuts, giving curious viewers more time to seek out good new shows.

Unfortunately, none of these are good shows.

Yes, after highlighting my picks last week for the five upcoming network series with the best chance to succeed, here is my list of midseason stinkers. Watch or avoid at your own risk, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. For more at Campaign US, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Season two of WGN America drama “Underground” will launch on Wednesday, March 8 at 10 p.m. ET.  The news comes on the heels of the NAACP Image Awards announcement which honored “Underground” with four nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Amirah Vann) and Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series  (Anthony Hemingway).

2016-17 College Football Bowl Season TV Schedule
The matchups for the 2016-17 college football bowl season are set.  ESPN will deliver the third year of the College Football Playoff Semifinals on New Year’s Eve Thursday, Dec. 31. At 3pm eastern, the SEC champion Alabama Crimson Tide and the Pac-12 champion Washington Huskies meet at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga. for the first Semifinal. Then, at 7pm Eastern, ACC champion Clemson Tigers plays the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. for the second Semifinal.

The winners of those Dec. 31 games play in the National Championship on Monday, Jan. 9 (also on ESPN) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.  For the complete listing, click here

PI POLLS
1. What are you watching on the broadcast networks on this second Wednesday in December?  Click here
2. What TV series would you like to see win the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy? Click here
3. What TV series would you like to see win the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama? Click here
ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Fox debuts drama “Star” out of an 8 p.m. ET edition of “Empire,” which concludes its fall season.  “Survivor” on CBS ends its fall edition with a two-hour installment into the live reunion show at 10 p.m. ET. For the complete listing for Wednesday, December 14, click here
TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
Remembering Alan Thicke

Which one of the following statements about ABC sitcom “Growing Pains,” featuring Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns as Jason and Maggie Seaver, is not true?

a) The family living next door was named Koosman.
b) Bruce Willis was considered for the role of Jason Seaver.
c) Matthew Perry played Carol’s (Tracey Gold) boyfriend, Sandy.
d) “Growing Pains” finished two of its seven seasons ranked in the Top 10.
e) River Phoenix auditioned for the role of Ben.
f) They are all true.

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following five classic movie musicals was revived as a one-hour scripted television series?

a) “Gigi”
b) “The King and I”
c) “Meet Me in St. Louis”
d) “On the Town”
e) “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”

…Is: e) “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” which aired on CBS in the 1982-83 season and featured Richard Dean Anderson (pre-“MacGyver”), Richard Horton (pre-“thirtysomething”) and the late River Phoenix.  While there was a series spun-off from “The King and I,” it was called “Anna and the King” and it was a sitcom featuring Yul Brynner and Samantha Eggar that aired briefly on CBS in the fall of 1972.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, Steve Ellis, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Kathy Martin, Derek Rogers,  Steve Rotterdam, Larry Smith, Mark Maxwell-Smith, Michael Steinberg, Ted Zavales

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