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Monday, December 19, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
CBS debuted made-for television movie “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story”in 1971, which introduced us to the clan called Walton.  Effective on Sept. 14, 1972, drama “The Waltons” began its nine season run on the Eye net…NBC aired one-hour special, “Jack Paar is Alive and Well,” in 1987, featuring the former “Tonight Show” host and guests Debbie Reynolds, Jackie Mason and Pat Sajak…ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World” hit the 100-epiosde mark in 1997.  It concluded on May 5, 2000 after seven seasons (and 158 episodes).  Spin-off “Girl Meets World” is currently in the middle of season three on Disney Channel…Celebrity Birthdays: “The Brady Bunch” star Mike Lookinland is 56; Actress Jennifer Beals (“Flashdance”) is 53; Magician Criss Angel is 49; “Who’s the Boss?” star Alyssa Milano is 44.

Did You Know?
Patricia Neal as Olivia Walton on “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” did not reprise her role on “The Waltons” due to the grinds of shooting a weekly television series.  The actress was still recovering from a stroke she had suffered in 1965.  Olivia on “The Waltons,” of course, was played by Michael Learned, who won three Emmy Awards for the role.

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Note: The metered market (overnight) household rating results for Sunday, Dec. 18 are not available at press time. Please visit out website at approximated 11:30 a.m. ET for the fast affiliate rating results.

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NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS

ABC Orders Drama “Somewhere Between”
ABC has given a straight-to-series order to a summer murder mystery drama called “Somewhere Between,” based on a Korean format.  The logline: “Somewhere Between” follows Laura Price — she’s not crazy, but she knows that her daughter Serena is going to be murdered. She doesn’t know who the murderer is, or why she’s killed, but she knows exactly when it will happen, where and how. Despite this, all of her attempts to keep her daughter safe fail and Serena’s fixed, unmovable, terrifying fate keeps her directly in the path of her killer.  Ten episodes have been ordered and no casting has been announced yet..

The series will be written by “Brothers & Sisters” alum Stephen Tolkin, who will serve as executive producer along with Ivan Fecan and Joseph Broido. Thunderbird Entertainment is the studio.

“Somewhere Between” marks ABC’s latest straight-to-series order. It joins Kyra Sedgwick drama “Ten Days in the Valley,” which is currently casting, as well as “Marvel’s The Inhumans,” which will debut in the fall following a two-week Labor Day sneak in Imax theaters.

Sony Pictures Television Eyes a Rotation of Norman Lear Sitcom Reboots
On the heels of the CBS expressing interest in a new version of classic sitcom “The Honeymooners” comes word that a number of sitcom occupants in the Norman Lear library could be returning in a series of six-episode anthologies from Sony Pictures Television.  Discussions are underway to re-create episodes of “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” with new actors working from the original scripts.  “Maude” and “The Jeffersons,” of course, were spun-off from the original “All in the Family,” while “Maude” begat “Good Times.”

Sony has suggested that the miniseries would be like re-staging a play, allowing current audiences to benefit from the approach of these comedies.  But, in my personal opinion, if the audience wants to enjoy “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and the others, watch the originals.  Thanks to the diginets, they are all currently available.

Another Norman Lear sitcom that will officially return, “One Day at a Time,” featuring a Latino cast, will be available for streaming on Netflix on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

SERIES RENEWALS AND CANCELLATIONS

Netflix Renews “Haters Back Off!” for Season Two
Netflix has given the green light to a second season of scripted comedy “Haters Back Off!,” with an order for eight new episodes in 2017.  Debuting on Oct. 14, the self-described “surreal and absurd” series centers around the family life of Miranda Sings (Colleen Ballinger), a sheltered, self-absorbed, overconfident and untalented young  Also featured are Angela Kinsey as her mother Bethany, Steve Little as Uncle Jim, Erik Stocklin as neglected friend Patrick, and Francesca Reale as Miranda’s relatively normal sister Emily.

MSNBC Cancels Live with Thomas Roberts
Last Friday’s telecast of weekday 1 p.m. news show “Live with Thomas Roberts” on MSNBC was the final telecast.  The cable news network canceled the hour, which replaced “Ronan Farrow Daily” after two years on the air.  “Live with Thomas Roberts” brought viewers the latest breaking news stories as well as details on the biggest stories of the day, the latest political developments, and stories of equality and human rights.

Said Thomas Roberts on Facebook: “I wanted you to hear directly from me…it is true I won’t be keeping my current show weekdays on MSNBC. My last show was Thursday.

My colleagues are incredible people…and I am so proud of our team and our accomplishments. It is always a special blessing when co-workers become close friends and family. We achieved that bond and our hard work was recently honored by winning an Emmy in 2016 for Breaking News coverage of last year’s Supreme Court decision on Marriage Equality. I can’t thank my colleagues enough for years of their dedication to me and our show.”

The weekday 1 p.m. hour on MSNBC will now be filled with a rotation of anchors for the time being.

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TV TIDBITS
 
Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies at 99
Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, the last surviving member of the Gabor family, has died at the age of 99.  Gabor succumbed to a heart attack yesterday in her Bel Air mansion and had been on life support for the last five years, according to TMZ.

Born Sari Gabor on Feb. 6, 1917, Gabor, the oldest of the three Gabor sisters, began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936.   She emigrated to the United States in 1941 and landed her first film role in “Lovely to Look At” in 1952.  Other film credits included “We’re Not Married!,” “Moulin Rouge” and “The Story of Three Loves.”  Gabor’s guest appearances on television included “Climax!,” “The Red Skelton Hour,” “As the World Turns,” “The Bob Cummings Show,” “F Troop” and “Mister Ed.”  In 1968, she appeared in the final episode of camp classic “Batman” as villainess Minerva.  More recently, she guest starred in sitcom “Empty Next” and “Cybill,” and appeared as herself in theatrical “A Very Brady Sequel” in 1996.

Gabor’s theater credits include “Forty Carats” on Broadway and a touring production of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.”

Outside of her acting career, Gabor was best known for having had nine husbands, including hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and actor George Sanders  Her well-publicized 1989 run-in with a Beverly Hills police officer, whom she famously slapped during a traffic stop and sentenced to 72 hours in jail and community service, was explored in 1991 documentary “The People vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor.”  In 2002, she was involved in a serious car accident on Sunset Boulevard as the passenger in a car driven by her hairdresser.

Gabor was also said to have indirectly lost millions to swindler Bernie Madoff.  Survivors include her final husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, whom she wed in 1986 (that was the last of his seven marriages). The union garnered her the title Princess von Anhalt, Duchess of Saxony.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Special “Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala,” featuring comedic performances by Jay Pharoah, Iliza Shlesinger, Russell Peters and JB Smoove, will air on The CW on Monday, Jan. 16 from 8-10 p.m.  Recorded at the biggest comedy event in the world, the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and hosted by Howie Mandel, this primetime special also showcases performances from Alonzo Bodden, Jo Koy, Matt Donaher, Ryan Hamilton, Gina Brillon and Tom Papa.

The new season of “Bering Sea Gold” on Discovery will open on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. ET.  The logline: This season, Shawn Pomrenke struggles to hold together his family’s flourishing mining empire. Staking their future on 10,000 acres of property thought to contain a quarter-billion dollars in gold, closing the deal requires a $3 million down payment. To finance the transaction, Shawn returns to the Bluff, a remote location 100 miles east of Nome. With the family’s future and his reputation on the line, Shawn needs a big payout. Anything less and the entire empire could come tumbling down.

EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

A+E Network has announced the appointments of Patrick Vien and Edward Sabinto Executive Managing Directors.  Patrick Vien joins A+E Networks as Executive Managing Director, International where he will have oversight of all of A+E’s businesses throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Vien will also lead the programming strategy, acquisitions and production for the channels outside the United States and collaborate on international marketing initiatives; and he will oversee all aspects relating to the company’s international content sales across 220 territories.

Edward Sabin, who joined A+E Networks in 2015 as Managing Director, Americas & Head of Commercial Operations, has been promoted to Executive Managing Director, International and will become co-head of international with Vien.

Marc Berman is available for freelance writing, consulting and speaking engagements.  Contact Marc at marc@programminginsider.com or 646/204-7937
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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
ABC opens the night with special “First Lady Michelle Obama Says Goodbye to The White House”: An Oprah Winfrey Special. “Man with a Plan,” “2 Broke Girls” and “Scorpion” conclude their fall seasons on CBS.  For the schedule listings for Monday, Dec. 19, click here
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TRIVIA CHALLENGE    
The Night of the Meek

Who played Santa Claus on the classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “The Night of the Meek”?

a) John Astin
b) Martin Balsam
c) Art Carney
d) Burt Reynolds
e) William Shatner

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following TV series introduced the blended holiday of Chrismukkah?

a) “My So-Called Life”
b) “The O.C.”
c) “Seinfeld”
d) “Sex and the City”
e) “thirtysomething”

…Is: b) “The O.C.,” which aired on Fox from 2003-07, producing 92 episodes in total.

Trivia All-Stars
Mark Barrett, Gerry Bixenspan, Matt Bradley, Jim Brams, Larry Cauble,  Larry Collins, Jamie Czarnezki, John Ferlazzo, Maureen Goldman, David Jackino, Rosemarie Kelly, Mary Kinoshita, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Aaron Paquette, Greg Phelan, Bob Pianka, Derek Rogers, Johnathan Ross, Colleen Roth, Joe Rubi, Ted Zavales

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