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Programming Insider

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
ABC western “The Rifleman” reached the 100-episode mark in 1961. It ended after five seasons (and 168 episodes) on April 8, 1963…Two sitcoms, original “The Odd Couple” on ABC in 1975 and “Diff’rent Strokes” on ABC in 1986, concluded their runs…The Nashville Network (TNN) launched in 1983. The network was renamed The National Network (later The New TNN) in 2000, and ultimately morphed into Spike TV in August 2003…ABC premiered newsmagazine “Day One”in 1993. It aired through 1995 and was hosted by Forrest Sawyer and Diane Sawyer…Celebrity birthdays: Former “Breaking Bad” Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston is 61; comedian Wanda Sykes is 53; former “The Office” co-star Jenna Fischer is 43.

-Did You Know?:
In between the original “The Odd Couple” on ABC and the recent version on CBS there was “The New Odd Couple” on ABC in the 1982-83 season. It starred Ron Glass and Demond Wilson…“Diff’rent Strokes,” which spin-off sitcoms “The Facts of Life” and “Hello Larry,is remembered for airing on NBC. After NBC canceled it, ABC came to the rescue with one final season in 1985-86. Since Dixie Carterwas confirmed to star in “Designing Women” on CBS, Mary Ann Mobley took over the role as Maggie McKinney Drummond.

RATINGS BOX                                                                           
Monday 3/06/17

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.3/10, ABC: 4.5/ 7, CBS: 3.7/ 6, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.2/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +71, ABC: – 8, CBS: -10, NBC: -11, Fox: -17

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC stood well above the Monday competition care of rock-solid “The Voice,” which scored a 7.5 rating/12 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. (peaking in the 9 p.m. half-hour at an 8.0/13). In week two news on NBC was drama “Taken,” which won the 10 p.m. hour with a 3.8/ 6 in the overnights. Comparably, however, overnight retention for “Taken” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “The Voice” (7.9/13) was only 48 percent. This was also 14 percent below “Blindspot” on the year-ago evening (4.4/ 8 on 3/07/16). And “Taken” dropped by 17 percent from the 4.6/ 8 opener one week earlier, which translated into 7.45 million viewers and a 1.6 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data.

On ABC, a one-hour edition of “The Bachelor” (#2: 5.3/ 8 at 8 p.m.), which was on par with the year-ago evening, led into a 4.2/ 7 for 9-11 p.m. ET special, “The Bachelor: The Women Tell All.” Next Monday “The Bachelor” concludes for the season.

For the full analysis and individual program breakdown for Monday, March 6, click here

Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 2/13/17: Click here

-Tuesday 2/14/17: Click here
-Wednesday 2/15/17: Click here
-Thursday 2/16/17: Click here
-Friday 2/17/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix Orders Korean Drama “Kingdom”
Netflix has announced “Kingdom,” and eight episode zombie thriller from South Korea, that will debut in 2018. Set in Korea’s medieval Joseon dynasty, “Kingdom” tells the tale of a crown prince who is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak. The new series fuses genres by crossing elements of historical period dramas with zombie action thrillers.

“Kingdom” will premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2018 to its members in over 190 countries. Netflix’s first Korean series, “Love Alarm,” is also set for a 2018 premiere. The company’s first Korean film production, Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” will premiere in June.

Time Inc.’s PEN Launches “Adulting 101”
Time Inc.’s People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN), the free streaming network, has launched “Adulting 101,” a week-long six-episode reality series profiling six millennials with untapped potential who desperately need grown-up guidance. Presented by HelloGiggles, part of the Time Inc. Style Collection and the Time Inc. Lifestyle Network, and produced in Partnership with New York City-based entertainment company Believe Entertainment Group, each 22-minute episode highlights a specialized team of experienced HelloGiggles “Adulting Coaches” as they come to the rescue of millennials who “just can’t.” With thoughtful advice and tailored tips, the coaches help their subjects who are on the brink of adulthood and are facing challenges that include unemployment, living with their parents, and living paycheck-to-paycheck while working four jobs.

New episodes of “Adulting 101” will be streamed daily through Saturday, March 11. For a look, click on, or download the PEN app on mobile or connected devices.


Netflix Eyes More Episodes of “Gilmore Girls”
Netflix is in preliminary conversations with “Gilmore Girls” creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino about producing more episodes of the franchise.  “We hope. We obviously loved the success of the show, fans loved how well it was done, it delivered what they hoped,” Sarandos said, according to a report published by Britain’s North-West Evening Mail. Sarandos was discussing the success of the show at a press event in Germany.

Originally airing from 2000-2007, first on The WB and concluding on The CW, Netflix streamed four two-hour installments of “Gilmore Girls” this season titled “Gilmore Girls” A Year in the Life.” Most of the original cast, including Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, returned.


Robert Osborne, Host of Turner Classic Movies, Dies at 84
Film historian and former Hollywood Reporter columnist Robert Osborne, who shared his knowledge and passion for movies with millions of viewers as the longtime host of Turner Classic Movies, has died. He was 84.

“All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne,” read a statement from Jennifer Dorian, General Manager of Turner Classic Movies. “He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague and esteemed ambassador for TCM.”

Osborne has been on TCM since it made its on-air debut in April 1994. A cause of death has not been announced.

Born on May 3, 1932 and raised the small town of Colfax, Washington, Osborne graduated from the University of Washington ‘s School of Journalism. He began his career working as a contract actor for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s Desilu Studios. After numerous acting roles, Ball suggested that Osborne focus his energies on becoming a journalist. His first book, “Academy Awards Illustrated,” was published in 1965.

Osborne won the Publicists Guild of America 1984 Press Award. He also received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art University in 2005, and was awarded a star at Vine Street on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. In 2007, he received the National Board of Review’s William K. Everson Award.

Years ago, I had the good fortune of lunching with Mr. Osborne and last saw him at the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City in 2013. The man was a true mensch. May he rest in peace.

“Team Ninja Warrior” Moves to USA Network
“Team Ninja Warrior,” hosted by “The New Celebrity Apprentice” winner Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, will premiere its 11-part second season on USA beginning Tuesday, April 18 at 10/9c, immediately following “WWE Smackdown.”

“Team Ninja Warrior,” part of the  franchise “American Ninja Warrior,” pits three-person athletic teams against each other on physically demanding, side-by-side obstacle courses that test both endurance and speed. Originally debuting on Esquire Network in 2016, “Team Ninja Warrior” ranked as the network’s most watched original series in its history. Esquire recently announced that the network, a partnership between NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines, will transform into a digital-only brand.

Casting News
Jon Cryer will headline ABC sitcom pilot “Losing It,” the tale of three misfit adult siblings and their parents who are all losing it in different ways. Cryer’s last sitcom, “Two and a Half Men,” aired on CBS for 12 seasons (2003-15) and is tied with “My Three Sons” as the second longest live action scripted comedy in the history of television (behind “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” on ABC).

Linda Lavin (“Alice”) and Elliot Gould (“Doubt”) have joined the cast of ABC sitcom pilot “9J, 9K and 9L” as the parents of a family who occupy three adjoining apartments in one building. Lavin’s last attempt at a comedy was on NBC in 2013-14 in failed “Sean Saves the World” with Sean Hayes.

“The Americans” opens new season on FX. ABC launches “People Icons.” NBC airs another episode of “Chicago Justice.” For the schedule listings for Tuesday, March 7, click here
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Bored of Education

Which one of the following school based TV series produced the most number of episodes?

a) “Fame”
b) “Head of the Class”
c) “Our Miss Brooks”
d) “Room 222”
e) “Welcome Back, Kotter”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following five network series was not revived by a cable network after being canceled?

a) “Cougar Town”
b) “Futurama”
c) “Nashville”
d) “Scrubs”
e) “Southland”
f) They all were

Is: d) “Scrubs,” which began on NBC on Oct. 2, 2001 and ended on ABC on March 17, 2010. As for the others:

-“Cougar Town” (ABC): 2010-12; (TBS): 2013-15
-“Futurama” (Fox): 1999-2002; (Comedy Central): 2008, 2010-13
-“Nashville” (ABC): 2012-16; (CMT): present
-“Southland” (NBC): 2009; (TNT): 2010-13

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Andy Ehlen, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Steve LaRue, Paul Neace, Gordon Purcell, Derek Rogers, Colleen Roth, Art Salisch, Scott Smolev, John Wick, Ted Zavales

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