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Friday, December 23, 2016
Note:We will be taking a break for the holidays, returning on Tuesday, January 3rd. Wishing you all much happiness, good health and great success in 2017…and beyond. We sincerely thank you for your ongoing support.
ON THIS DAY
The long defunct DuMont Network aired the first televised NFL championship game (the Los Angeles Rams vs. the Cleveland Browns) in 1951 for a reported $75,000…British pop rock music program “Ready Steady Go!” concluded its three season run in 1966…Celebrity Birthdays: Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons”) is 73; “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci is 70; Holly Madison from docuseries “The Girls Next Store” is 37.
Did You Know?
The DuMont Television Network, which began broadcasting on Aug. 15, 1946, was the first network to air both a situation comedy (“Mary Kay and Johnny,” which began on Nov. 18, 1947) and a soap opera (“Faraway Hill,”which opened on Oct. 2, 1946). DuMont was also the home of variety hour“Cavalcade of Stars,” which was birthplace of the first “Honeymooners”sketch with Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, Art Carney as Ed Norton and Pert Kelton as Alice Kramden. DuMont went off the air on Aug. 6, 1956.
Note: Since the year-ago evening was Christmas Eve, the year-to-year percent comparisons are excluded.
It was all about NBC last night, not surprisingly, with the 24 to 19 victory for the Philadelphia Eagles over the New York Giants at an estimated 9.7 rating/15 share in the household overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET. Combined with live coverage on the NFLN and the household rating rose to an approximate 12.5, which ties as the second highest rated “Thursday Night Football” overnight of 2016 (matching the Texans-Patriots game of Sept. 22). The adult 18-49 rating was a 6.3. Comparably, NBC beat the four competing networks combined in households.
As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.
For the remainder of the analysis plus the half-hour breakdown by series, click here
NBC Puts Sitcom “We The People” in Development
NBC has a new single-camera sitcom in called “We The People” with “MadTV’s” Anjelah Johnson. The proposed series, from Universal TV and Ed Halm’s Pacific Electric Picture Company, is set in the Los Angeles office of a federal agency and revolves around case officer Malory Ruiz (Johnson), who alongside a diverse group of co-workers, helps people gain their citizenship. “We The People” is written by former “Key and Peele” writer-producer Charlie Sanders.
NOTES OF INTEREST
Valerie Fairman of “16 and Pregnant” Dies at 23
Valerie Fairman, who appeared on MTV docuseries “16 and Pregnant,” has died of an apparent drug overdose. She was 23.
Born in Oxford, Penn., Fairman appeared on the show after becoming pregnant during her sophomore year of high school where her struggle with substance abuse was documented. In September 2009 she gave birth to a daughter, Nevaeh Lynn Fairman, who is now seven years old. Since appearing on the show, Fairman has had several run-ins with the law, per TMZ.
“We are saddened by the news of Valerie Fairman’s passing,” an MTV spokesperson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.”
Debuting on June 11, 2009, “16 and Pregnant” followed the stories of pregnant teenage girls in high school dealing with the hardships of teenage pregnancy. Each episode featured a different teenage girl, and the series ran until 2004. The show spawned three spin-offs: “Teen Mom,” “Teen Mom 2” and “Teen Mom 3.”
USA to Offer “This is Us” Binge
Viewers will have the chance to binge-watch the biggest network hit of the fall season, “This Is Us,” when all 10 episodes, to-date, of NBC’s relationship themed drama will air on sister cable network USA. The marathon kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday Jan. 7 with the pilot episode airing simultaneously on NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s USA, Bravo and E! networks. All episodes will then continue on USA through 11 p.m. ET.
Esquire Network to Offer “James Bond” Marathon
Esquire Network will present a full day James Bond theatricals, starring Pierce Brosnan, on Monday, Jan. 2, beginning with 1995’s “GoldenEye” at 7 a.m. ET. This was the first of the “James Bond” titles to star Brosnan. Next is “Tomorrow Never Dies” at 9:30 a.m. ET, followed by “World is Not Enough” (12 p.m. ET). “Die Another Day” (2:30 p.m. ET).
getTV Adds Three Classic Series to Daytime
Diginet getTV, the home of classic television, is adding three series from the past to its daytime line-up effective on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The first is Sally Field sitcom “The Girl With Something Extra,” which originally aired on NBC from 1973 to 1974 and co-starred John Davidson. Next is western “The Young Riders” with Josh Brolin, which ran on ABC from 1989 to 1992. And the third is drama “The Sentinel” with Richard Burgi, which had three-and-one-half season run on former network UPN from 1996 to 1999.
BET drama “Being Mary Jane” will premiere season four on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: When Kara (Lisa Vidal) helps her land a gig as correspondent on Great Day USA, a national morning news show in New York City, Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union) makes the move to achieve her lifetime career goal of becoming a national lead anchor. At Great Day, Mary Jane meets her idol, veteran lead anchor Ronda Sales (Valarie Pettiford), and realizes that working closely with your heroes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Things are further complicated when her old nemesis, Justin Talbot (Michael Ealy), appears as a new producer.
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ON THE AIR TONIGHT
Netflix launches science fiction drama “Travelers” and animated “Trollhunters.” The streamer is also offering a “Sense8” Christmas special. “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” concludes for the season on Food Network. CBS offers annual adoption themed special “A Home for the Holidays.” For the schedule listings for Friday, Dec. 23, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Happy New Year
John Schneider from “The Dukes of Hazzard” was one of the two co-hosts on “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with Dick Clark on ABC in 1980. Who was the other one? Hint: Her TV sitcom had the longest run of the actresses mentioned.
a) Valerie Bertinelli
b) Linda Lavin
c) Erin Moran
d) Suzanne Somers
e) Cindy Williams
The answer to yesterday’s question…
Which former member of the “Our Gang” comedy shorts had a small role in 1946 theatrical classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”?
a) Darla Hood
b) Eugene “Porky” Lee
c) George “Spanky” McFarland
d) Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer
e) Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas
…Is: d) Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, who appeared in the scene at the high school dance when the floor opens up and everyone hops in the pool. For a look, clickhere
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